"appname" or "appname:i386" [SOLVED]

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"appname" or "appname:i386" [SOLVED]

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Sometimes when I am installing a new package, I have the choice between (consider "appname" the name of an applicaiton) "appname" or "appname:i386". Both of them will have the same build number, but generally one will have less of a description than the other.

What's the difference between app and app:i386?

As an example, consider the package "freerdp-x11" and "freerdp-x11:i386", where the former has a more verbose description than the latter. I have seen this in other packages as well; what's the difference between the two?
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Re: "appname" or "appname:i386" <--- what's the difference?

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Probably then you are running Linux Mint 64 bit. The "appname" is the normal 64 bit version of the application, the "appname:i386" is the 32 bit version of it. Sometimes when you run 32 bit software on your 64 bit system, you need additional libraries or tools for it to function, and you will also need the 32 bit version of those. In that case you would install the :i386 version.
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Re: "appname" or "appname:i386" <--- what's the difference?

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Thanks Vincent, I am indeed using the 64 bit version (I should have mentioned that).

I'll continue choosing the 64 bit version; thanks for the explanation.

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