Gavin Seddon <gavin.m.seddon@...> posted
1153306577.4247.7.camel@..., excerpted below, on
Wed, 19 Jul 2006 11:56:17 +0100:
> Is it poss. to start a 32bit session so the whole desktop is 32bit?
If you've installed a complete 32-bit chroot installation, with everything
you want to run, on a different partition so you can select it with root=
on the kernel command line, and if it has been configured sufficiently to
boot independently (with the appropriate 32-bit kernel, modules, daemons,
and /etc files such as fstab fully configured), yes.
Basically, it's effectively a fully independent multi-boot system, where
the one boot option happens to be an x86 32-bit Gentoo that's also
configured as a 32-bit chroot to your 64-bit amd64 Gentoo. The multi-boot
side of it could just as easily be MSWormOS or Fedora or Ubunto or FreeBSD
or whatever, but then of course it wouldn't work as a 32-bit chroot of
your Gentoo amd64 boot.
There's also an experimental and still-broken 32-bit userland profile, I
believe, which would be a 64-bit kernel with 32-bit everything else (don't
know how the toolchain would work, as a cross-compile or as a 64-bit
multilib, but all regular apps would be 32-bit anyway). However, I'd not
suggest that except for the EXTREMELY adventurous, those already running
~arch and a whole host of masked packages, and thinking that's far too
stable and troublefree for their liking, as it will easily make
~arch+masked look like a walk in the park.
Duncan - List replies preferred. No HTML msgs.
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