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I am installing QEMU in RHEL. In 32 bit OS (i686 architecture), if I run the command, yum install qemu, the installation of QEMU takes place. However, in 64 bit architecture (x86_64), if I run the same command, I am getting the error as "QEMU package not available". Is the yum installation dependent on the architecture of the OS version?


This is the output of yum list |grep qemu

qemu.i386 2:0.10.5-1.el5.2 installed
qemu-common.i386 2:0.10.5-1.el5.2 installed
qemu-img.i386 2:0.10.5-1.el5.2 installed
qemu-system-arm.i386 2:0.10.5-1.el5.2 installed
qemu-system-cris.i386 2:0.10.5-1.el5.2 installed
qemu-system-m68k.i386 2:0.10.5-1.el5.2 installed
qemu-system-mips.i386 2:0.10.5-1.el5.2 installed
qemu-system-ppc.i386 2:0.10.5-1.el5.2 installed
qemu-system-sh4.i386 2:0.10.5-1.el5.2 installed
qemu-system-sparc.i386 2:0.10.5-1.el5.2 installed
qemu-system-x86.i386 2:0.10.5-1.el5.2 installed
qemu-user.i386 2:0.10.5-1.el5.2 installed

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On my RHEL 6 systems, I can install qemu-kvm and get the userspace QEMU tools. I don't see any qemu packages available for either 32 or 64 bit. Where is your qemu package coming from in 32-bit land? – John Sep 23 '13 at 18:14
I have a system with i686 architecture. If I run "yum install qemu" I am getting the qemu for i386 architecture. I am confused on why this is happening in i686 architecture but not on x86_64 systems? – Ramesh Sep 23 '13 at 18:18
What is the output of yum list | grep qemu on your i686 box? – John Sep 23 '13 at 18:28
I have updated the question with the output of the command. – Ramesh Sep 23 '13 at 18:55
These are RHEL 5 packages, which don't come from Red Hat repositories. Where did you get these packages? (yum install doesn't count - what repository did they come from?) – John Sep 23 '13 at 18:56
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Your 64 bit system does not have the appropriate external repository defined for the 64-bit QEMU packages. You will need to find a repository with these packages available and install the appropriate .repo file in /etc/yum.repos.d/ before you can yum install the QEMU packages. A quick Google search shows that RepoForge has 64-bit QEMU packages available, so that would be a good starting point.

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Thanks! That makes real sense. I found that the repo file is missing in the 64 bit machine. Will update the repo file first and then do the yum install. – Ramesh Sep 23 '13 at 19:40

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