[Yum] Yum on x86_64 help

Garrick Staples garrick at usc.edu
Wed Dec 3 19:05:16 UTC 2003

On Wed, Dec 03, 2003 at 09:55:05AM -0800, Jeff Putsch alleged:
> Howdy,
> I'm new to the world of YUM and need some newbie help. I've got RHEL 
> running on an Opteron box and need to have BOTH the x86_64 and i[36]86 
> versions of some RPM pacakges installed. These are ALL library 
> packages.
> When I do, for example, "yum install glibc", it tells me it is already 
> installed.
> For what it's worth, I've patched archwork.py as described in
> https://lists.dulug.duke.edu/pipermail/yum/2003-November/002874.html
> How do I tell yum to install the i[36]86 version of the glibc RPM 
> package?
> I also need both 64 and 32 bit versions of the XFree86 libs and 
> everything they depend on... I know I can use rpm to install them 
> manually, but I'm investigating YUM to avoid this...

You don't actually want to do this.  Installing the 32bit version of
glibc will _overwrite_ the 64bit versions of important files like

Why RedHat is distributing conflicting packages is beyond me.  If you
select "32bit compatiblity packages" (that's not the correct name, but
it's close) in the RH installer, it will work.  Presumably it ensures
that the 32bit packages are installed first.

There's been a few notes about this (mostly by me) in the rhel-rebuild
mailing list.

Garrick Staples, Linux/HPCC Administrator
University of Southern California
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