[CentOS] Both archs version rpm are installed during update?

Richard Chapman rchapman at aardvark.com.au
Tue Jul 3 01:08:34 UTC 2007

I was interested to see that Firefox java and flash plugins aren't 
available in x86_64.
Does this explain why flash and/or java plugins aren't working on my 
Centos 5 x86_64 installation. If I go to (say) you-tube - it tells me I 
don't have the latest flash player - or don't have java enabled. If I 
follow their instructions on installing them - it tells me they are 
already installed.

Anyone else found this - and found a solution?



Johnny Hughes wrote:
> Alexx wrote:
>> During last update packets pidgin and libpurple were updated while "yum
>> update"-ing
>> Is it a common and normal thing that both x86_64 and i386 arch rpms are
>> installed during update? This not the first time.
> Sort of ...
> If the i386 items were installed before, then yes, they will be updated.
> The x86_64 tree has x86_64 and i386 rpms in it, this is by design (of
> upstream).  I personally like the Debian approach for this (make them
> totally separate distros and don't mix them).
> There are some programs that are not available on x86_64 ... though in
> CentOS-5 there are less of them.
> Java and Flash plugins for mozilla/firefox are some.
> You can add this to your .rpmmacros (create it if it does not exist in
> your home directory):
> %_query_all_fmt %%{name}-%%{version}-%%{release}.%%{arch}
> Now you can use RPM to see which i[3,5,6]86 rpms are installed ... like
> this:
> rpm -qa | grep 'i[3,5,6]86'
> If you have x86_64 rpms for all these, you can remove the i[3,5,6]86
> versions if you want to.
> The bottom line, you can have both without problem ... though I don't
> normally do x86_64 on workstations.
> Thanks,
> Johnny Hughes
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