How to install 32-bit software on Linux Mint 16 RC 64-bit

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How to install 32-bit software on Linux Mint 16 RC 64-bit

Postby xenopeek on Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:26 pm

Update: Clem has added an ia32-libs package to the Linux Mint 16 repository, so you can just install the ia32-libs package from the Software Manager to get common 32-bit system libraries installed that you generally need to run 32-bit software on Linux Mint 64-bit.

To install 32-bit software on Linux Mint 64-bit you generally need to install additional 32-bit system libraries (the software will complain about missing system libraries). On previous releases of Linux Mint you could install the package ia32-libs or ia32-libs-multiarch, which would install about 250 common 32-bit system libraries for you in one go. Rather convenient :) These packages were no longer available on Linux Mint 16 RC, due to these having been removed for some reason from the Ubuntu package base used, but the ia32-libs package has been added by Clem to the Linux Mint 16 repository.

Just install the package ia32-libs from the Software Manager to get common 32-bit system libraries installed that you generally need to run 32-bit software on Linux Mint 64-bit.

Alternative: Though not as convenient, you can install about the same 250 common 32-bit system libraries with the below command. It is one command, though wrapped across multiple lines here. Copy the entire piece of text (or gibberish to some :)) to your terminal and run it. You should be asked to provide your password, do so. Note that on the terminal you will get no visual feedback while typing a password. It should tell you it will install around 250 new packages.
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apt install bluez-alsa:i386 gstreamer0.10-plugins-base:i386 gstreamer0.10-plugins-good:i386 gtk2-engines:i386 gtk2-engines-murrine:i386 gtk2-engines-oxygen:i386 gtk2-engines-pixbuf:i386 gvfs:i386 ibus-gtk:i386 libacl1:i386 libaio1:i386 libao4:i386 libasound2:i386 libasound2-plugins:i386 libasyncns0:i386 libattr1:i386 libaudio2:i386 libcanberra-gtk-module:i386 libcap2:i386 libcapi20-3:i386 libcups2:i386 libcupsimage2:i386 libcurl3:i386 libdbus-glib-1-2:i386 libesd0:i386 libfontconfig1:i386 libfreetype6:i386 libgail-common:i386 libgconf-2-4:i386 libgdbm3:i386 libgettextpo0:i386 libglapi-mesa:i386 libglu1-mesa:i386 libgphoto2-6:i386 libgphoto2-port10:i386 libgtk2.0-0:i386 libmpg123-0:i386 libncursesw5:i386 libnspr4:i386 libnss3:i386 libodbc1:i386 libopenal1:i386 libpulse-mainloop-glib0:i386 libpulsedsp:i386 libqt4-dbus:i386 libqt4-network:i386 libqt4-opengl:i386 libqt4-qt3support:i386 libqt4-script:i386 libqt4-scripttools:i386 libqt4-sql:i386 libqt4-svg:i386 libqt4-test:i386 libqt4-xml:i386 libqt4-xmlpatterns:i386 libqtcore4:i386 libqtgui4:i386 libqtwebkit4:i386 librsvg2-common:i386 libsane:i386 libsdl-image1.2:i386 libsdl-mixer1.2:i386 libsdl-net1.2:i386 libsdl-ttf2.0-0:i386 libsdl1.2debian:i386 libsqlite3-0:i386 libssl0.9.8:i386 libssl1.0.0:i386 libstdc++5:i386 libstdc++6:i386 libxaw7:i386 libxml2:i386 libxp6:i386 libxslt1.1:i386 libxss1:i386 libxtst6:i386 odbcinst1debian2:i386 xaw3dg:i386 libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libpam-winbind:i386

That's it! You should be able to install and run most 32-bit software now.

Credit to El Zoido who on the blog commented with a link on how to fix this.
Last edited by xenopeek on Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:48 am, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Unstickied as Linux Mint 16 has reached end of support from July 17th.
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Re: How to install 32-bit software on Linux Mint 16 RC 64-bi

Postby clem on Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:25 pm

Thanks xenopeek. I added an ia32-libs metapackage in Petra for things to work out of the box.
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Re: How to install 32-bit software on Linux Mint 16 RC 64-bi

Postby Zorba on Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:34 pm

clem wrote:Thanks xenopeek. I added an ia32-libs metapackage in Petra for things to work out of the box.

Thanls Clem and xenopeek for saving us the headache :D BTW I have installed skype on Mint Petra and noticed that it doesn't run properly and has no sounds at all :D But that was when Petra was first out :D BTW when are we gonna have Petra :lol: :lol:

Edit: I have an 8 GB RAM Windblows 8 Toshiba Satellite with 1 Terabybe HDD that has problems even with Windblows 8. Actually every OS I install on it causes me trouble. But the only OS that works outa box on it is Linux Mint 16 Petra Cinnamon 32bit :D Thanks for making my life easier :D
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Re: How to install 32-bit software on Linux Mint 16 RC 64-bi

Postby xenopeek on Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:53 pm

clem wrote:I added an ia32-libs metapackage in Petra for things to work out of the box.

Awesome :D This will save head scratches for a lot of users.
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Re: How to install 32-bit software on Linux Mint 16 RC 64-bi

Postby tremere on Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:36 am

I have just red that, on ubuntu 13.10, we can use multi-arch support by using :
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sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

and after, to install a package :
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sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture thePackageName


Petra is based on 13.10. Then which solution is better ? force-architecture or ia32-libs ?
Or both of course.
In any case, thanks for adding ia32-libs :D
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Re: How to install 32-bit software on Linux Mint 16 RC 64-bi

Postby xenopeek on Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:12 pm

tremere wrote:Then which solution is better ?

If you prefer to install the 250 or so packages one by one by hand with the command you shared, go ahead :) The rest of us will just install ia32-libs to do the same in one go by installing this convenient meta package :wink: And the i386 architecture is already enabled.
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Re: How to install 32-bit software on Linux Mint 16 RC 64-bi

Postby tremere on Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:45 am

I just used ia32-libs. Better solution finally. All works good, without doing anything else. Thanks for integrate this packages !!
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Re: How to install 32-bit software on Linux Mint 16 RC 64-bi

Postby Spearmint2 on Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:01 pm

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Re: How to install 32-bit software on Linux Mint 16 RC 64-bi

Postby petersull on Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:38 pm

Will executing that code in the first post allow Linuxmint 11 to run 32 bit software?
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Re: How to install 32-bit software on Linux Mint 16 RC 64-bi

Postby xenopeek on Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:58 am

This is a topic for Linux Mint 16. Please note that Linux Mint 11 is obsolete and has reached end of life. Looking at my notes from Linux Mint 11, yes this command would be the same for that release. However, unless you have updated your repositories I doubt you're currently able to install new software from the repositories. Please make a new topic if you need help with that.
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