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Old 5th June 2007, 05:52 PM
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Double the updates in F7 x86_64

I keep doing yum updates.. and I seem to be getting repeated updates... or so it seems.. I'm running the x86_64 version of F7

NetworkManager i386 1:0.6.5-3.fc7 updates 487 k
NetworkManager x86_64 1:0.6.5-3.fc7 updates 487 k
NetworkManager-glib i386 1:0.6.5-3.fc7 updates 29 k
NetworkManager-glib x86_64 1:0.6.5-3.fc7 updates 30 k
NetworkManager-gnome x86_64 1:0.6.5-3.fc7 updates 181 k
firefox x86_64 updates 20 M
firefox i386 updates 21 M
firefox-devel x86_64 updates 3.6 M
firefox-devel i386 updates 3.6 M
gpm x86_64 1.20.1-84.fc7 updates 193 k
gpm i386 1.20.1-84.fc7 updates 185 k
gpm-devel x86_64 1.20.1-84.fc7 updates 28 k
gpm-devel i386 1.20.1-84.fc7 updates 28 k
wpa_supplicant x86_64 1:0.5.7-3.fc7 updates 257 k

Is this ok? seems like its downloading the same things twice..
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Old 5th June 2007, 06:06 PM
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One is for i386 and the other is for x86_64. This is for compatibility reasons. I understand that some plugins for Firefox (I believe Flash is one) only work with the 32-bit (i386) version, and not with the x86_64 version, so you'd want the i386 version of Firefox for anything to do with Flash. You could remove the i386 packages from your system and have a purely x86_64 machine, but then you would lose some functionality.
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Old 5th June 2007, 06:07 PM
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You may also have noticed that the dvd image for x86_64 was larger. This is because for some programs/libraries, you have BOTH 32 and 64 bit versions installed. This is to maintain compatibility with 32bit systems. Perfectly normal.
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Old 5th June 2007, 06:59 PM
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Having said all of that, please note that stuff like NetworkManager is completly safe to remove -- why these things are in there I simply don't get.They are mildly relevant if you develop something against them, but even then I would prefer having a pure 32 bit machine to test things on.

Support libraries can come in handy however, especially if you have games with no source available that are compiled for 32 bit x86 or if the bloddy thing simply won't compile on 64 bit (it does happen -- more often than you'd think).

If you want a pure 64 bit system you can get some (meaning not everything works, and a lot of stuff is broken) flash support. swfdec has a 64 bit plugin for firefox, which is available now. It's suppoed to be able to handle youtube, but I've never been able to get that working.
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double, updates, x8664

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