Kubuntu Mini How To

Installing 32 bit Packages On A 64 bit System

Are you running a 64 bit version of your Ubuntu or Kubuntu desktop?  Running into apps like Adobe Air who only have a 32 bit package available?  There are two simple steps to running 32 bit under 64 bit install getlibs, a package that will solve 32 bit dependencies for your package.

sudo apt-get install getlibs ia32-libs

This getlibs package can do a lot more then you would expect go here for more information.  In our example you could use it to install Skype or Adobe Air, how ever the below described method can be used for any 32 bit deb package.  To force dpkg to install the 32 bit dependencies we have to use --force-architecture .  Run the code below to now install the package.

sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture adobeair.deb

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