[CentOS] Is Biarch with 6.x now dead?

Wed Dec 28 22:39:05 UTC 2011
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 4:19 PM, Michael Lampe
<lampe at gcsc.uni-frankfurt.de> wrote:
> Maybe we're talking about different things here. I'm definitely not
> talking about how to build a distribution. That's why I'm using your's
> on not running my own.

If you are moving binaries to any other machine, you are likely to
have odd failures if you don't carefully control the libraries in the
build environment.   If you aren't moving them to some other machine,
then you rarely if ever need anything but the native libraries and
development header set.

> I'm talking about the usefulness of biarch. Not in the sense of building
> packages for redistribution, especially not as RPMs. It's just for
> building code for one's own purposes.

The libraries are useful for 3rd party binary apps, but why build a
32bit app yourself if you are going to run it in a 64bit environment?

I recall at least a couple of update conflicts/failure in the 5.x line
caused by having 32bit versions of things installed on a 64bit host.
Didn't those affect you?  And there is always the extra time wasted
doing updates to libraries and programs you don't ever use.

   Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at gmail.com