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Following the idea using awk, I ended up using: dpkg --get-selections \ # get the list | grep -v deinstall \ # throw away deselected packages | grep ':i386' \ # get the i386 arch packages | sed 's/install//g' \ # drop 'install' to get list | sed 's/:i386/:amd64/g' \ # replace i386 ...


The only reason I know of is if you don't have a 64-bit CPU. The host OS doesn't matter, and if hardware virtualisation is not enabled (vtx in BIOS settings) you can still create the VM but it will tell you what's wrong when you try to start it.


You need to create a 64bit virtual machine. The bitness of the host OS is irrelevant, it's the VM that needs to be 64bit. From the VBox website (emphasis mine): 64-bit guests VirtualBox supports 64-bit guest operating systems, even on 32-bit host operating systems, provided that the following conditions are met: You need a 64-bit processor ...

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