We already got it that you have 64bit Linux. Once again, Google Earth is 32bit only.
Their so-called "amd64" package depends on ia32-lib emulation libs.
No idea what are your doing with your gdebi, you should reinstall and/or update it as it appears heavily broken. No problem with the "64bit" Google Earth package with gdebi 0.8.4. No idea where you downloaded virtualbox from either so I cannot check the package - but once again, it is normally in distro, why are you downloading it manually?[/code]
Please accept my apologies; I guess I've not been clear about what my problem is.
The problem is that my 64 bit LMDE on a 64 bit computer won't install 64 bit packages.
Pythzor wrote:Hello, I'm running LMDE 201012 Gnome 64-bit (Squeeze+Backports). Here is a recurring problem. When I try to install a 64 bit package, I get a message (in terminal or gdebi package manager) saying that the package cannot be installed because it's for the wrong architecture. But I am running a 64 bit os and on a 64 bit computer.
I mention Google Earth, Virtualbox, and the Linux Headers and Linux Image only as examples intended to impart more information. All of those packages are in the repositories – getting the packages isn't the problem.
I've been trying to install packages manually to get practice doing it that way. As long as I've been with Linux, I would think that I would know how to install tar balls – but I don't. It's one of those things that I just have a lot of trouble grasping. There's been times when I've tried and maybe got lucky and did it more or less by accident. But, essentially, I'm still learning how to do that. (I'll start a new threat for that).
One solution that's been traditionally more my style, would be to simply reinstall the current 201109 LMDE. But, instead, I think that it would behoove me in the long term to be patient and learn to fix the LMDE that I have.
In LMDE Squeeze Setup (Complete), for example, LifeInTheGrey has it where you go to http://www.libreoffice.org/download/
to get LibreOffice and then install the tar ball – even though LibreOffice is in synaptic and probably in software manager, too. Well, I thought it was a good opportunity to learn how to do that since I was following a tutorial and all I had to do is follow along.
As you've noted:
That's a problem
No idea what are your doing with your gdebi, you should reinstall and/or update it as it appears heavily broken. [/code]
; getting the packages that I tried to install with it was not a problem. Software manager doesn't work either, btw. When I got to "5. Install new kernel" in LMDE Squeeze Setup (Complete), when I clicked on "search" in the terminal, it didn't work. So I went to synaptic to get the image and headers, but synaptic wouldn't install the 64 bit packages, either. (More information).
Overall, I do appreciate the time and effort that you've given me to help me. You and Linux Mint Forums in general. I appear to be a fairly intelligent person in many other areas, just dumb when it comes to Linux. Please continue to be patient with me. I have faith that I'll get better at this (God willing that I don't die first).