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Properly switching to multiarch

Postby dclement on Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:57 pm

Hello,

I have read this useful thread by zerozero and I tried to follow the instructions. It work, but I ended up with a small inconvenient.

Here are two packages that I need:
- libstdc++2.10-glibc2.2_2.95.4-24_i386 (desperately needed by a program that I have to use professionally);
- nlittre2007_1.3.6-2_i386 (nice but outdated standalone dictionary program).

Of course I had to install them manually with dpkg. They don't appear in Synaptic.

But after enabling multiarch, they become visible, and Synaptic reports them as broken. I don't mind, but I get a warning, every time I start Synaptic, about 2 broken packages. How could I tell Synaptic to ignore them and turn off the warning?

(For now I have reversed the steps and disabled multiarch.)

TIA for any suggestion - Daniel
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Re: Properly switching to multiarch

Postby millpond on Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:43 pm

You can try dpkg -a --configure (I believe thats the right syntax...) but I have found it usually does not work in those situations. .

The only thing that works for obstinate packages is to edit
/var/lib/dpkg/status

Search the packages and change the top lines to
install ok installed
(like the others)
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Re: Properly switching to multiarch

Postby dclement on Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:38 am

Hmm... I tried re-enabling multiarch:
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sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
(I did not modify the sources.list).

The warning message was back in Synaptic.

Then I had a look at
/var/lib/dpkg/status

The offending packages were already "install ok installed". I'm confused...
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