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dkadams64
26-Jul-2013, 10:18
Hi,

I have installed SLES SP3 and want to install 32 bit versions of additional OS packages such as the following:

bison-32bit, ncurses-devel-32bit, libaio-devel-32bit, glibc-32bit etc. etc.

When I do a search in YAST for these packages I do not see any 32bit versions, e.g. if search for "bison" I see just "bison" and not "bison-32bit" as is the case on a machine that has SP2 installed on it. I also do not see the "32-bit runtime environment" under Patterns-> Base Technologies in YAST which again I can see on machine with SP2.

Does anyone know why am I not seeing any 32-bit libraries at all in SP3 ?

Derek

smflood
26-Jul-2013, 15:24
On 26/07/2013 10:24, dkadams64 wrote:

> I have installed SLES SP3 and want to install 32 bit versions of
> additional OS packages such as the following:
>
> bison-32bit, ncurses-devel-32bit, libaio-devel-32bit,
> glibc-32bit etc. etc.
>
> When I do a search in YAST for these packages I do not see any 32bit
> versions, e.g. if search for "bison" I see just "bison" and not
> "bison-32bit" as is the case on a machine that has SP2 installed on it.
> I also do not see the "32-bit runtime environment" under Patterns-> Base
> Technologies in YAST which again I can see on machine with SP2.
>
> Does anyone know why am I not seeing any 32-bit libraries at all in SP3
> ?

By "SLES SP3" do you mean SLES9 SP3, SLES10 SP3, or SLES11 SP3? I'm
guessing the latter as that is the most recent release but I've learnt
it's best not to assume.

Have you installed a 32- (x86) or 64-bit (x86_64) version of SLES?

The media for SLES11 SP3 x86_64 does include the bison-32bit,
glibc-32bit, libaio-devel-32bit and ncurse-devel-32bit packages.

HTH.
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dkadams64
26-Jul-2013, 16:13
Hi Simon,

Yes the latest and greatest - SLES 11 SP3. I thought I had installed the 64bit version but I it seems I have installed the 32bit version !!!

I did a "uname -i" and it reported "i386" and not "x86_64" as I was expecting.

In the vSphere client it is reporting the Guest Operating System as Suse Linux Enterprise 11 (64-bit) though.
That aside, the files I downloaded were for x86 and it seems I should have downloaded the AMD64/Intel64 files - looks like I need to start again.

Thanks for your help - just double checking the facts before replying seems to have revealed where I have gone wrong.

Derek

smflood
29-Jul-2013, 14:24
On 26/07/2013 16:14, dkadams64 wrote:

> Yes the latest and greatest - SLES 11 SP3. I thought I had installed
> the 64bit version but I it seems I have installed the 32bit version !!!
>
> I did a "uname -i" and it reported "i386" and not "x86_64" as I was
> expecting.
>
> In the vSphere client it is reporting the Guest Operating System as
> Suse Linux Enterprise 11 (64-bit) though.
> That aside, the files I downloaded were for x86 and it seems I should
> have downloaded the AMD64/Intel64 files - looks like I need to start
> again.
>
> Thanks for your help - just double checking the facts before replying
> seems to have revealed where I have gone wrong.

Thanks for taking the time to report back, it's always useful to know
why things happen.

As for VMware reporting the Guest Operating System as 64-bit I suspect
that's less to do with it incorrectly detecting it from the selected
media or installed OS and more to do with what was selected when the
virtual machine was created.

HTH.
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Magic31
30-Jul-2013, 14:06
...As for VMware reporting the Guest Operating System as 64-bit I suspect
that's less to do with it incorrectly detecting it from the selected media or installed OS and more to do with what was selected when the
virtual machine was created...

The OS selection in VMware is always fixed and gets set during installation or by editing the VM's settings, and will not dynamically adjust AFAIK.
As 32bit will install on a 64bit enabled (virtual)server, no message will pop up during install... that only happens when trying to install a 64bit OS on a system that will only support 32bit instructions.

I've had the wrong install happen on me too (always fun how odds work when using double sided install media)... it's indeed always good to double check the output of "uname -a" during install (switching to the console via ALT-F1/F2 and back ALT-F7).

Cheers,
Willem

smflood
31-Jul-2013, 12:55
On 30/07/2013 14:14, Magic31 wrote:

> The OS selection in VMware is always fixed and gets set during
> installation or by editing the VM's settings, and will not dynamically
> adjust AFAIK.

Correct, the Guest Operating System does not dynamically adjust and will
remain at that selected when the virtual machine was first created
unless changed by editing the VM's settings (via Options tab).

HTH.
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SUSE Knowledge Partner

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