I basically have two questions:
- How do you install 32-bit Python alongside 64-bit Python on linux?
- How do I fix my broken system from the failed attempt below?
I just tried to install a 32-bit python alongside my 64-bit python on Linux Mint 16. It's not as straight forward as I hoped for (something like
sudo apt-get install python32 would be nice) but after a bit of googling I downloaded Python 2.7.6 and did the following:
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs gcc-multilib checkinstall CC="gcc -m32" LDFLAGS="-L/lib32 -L/usr/lib32 -Lpwd/lib32 -Wl,-rpath,/lib32 -Wl,-rpath,/usr/lib32" ./configure --prefix=/opt/pym32 make sudo checkinstall
The should supposedly make me able to run 32-bit or 64-bit (default) like this:
python -c 'import sys; print sys.maxint' /opt/pym32/bin/python -c 'import sys; print sys.maxint'
/opt/pym32/ wasn't even created. Worse, my system now reports 29 broken dependencies, indicating that the new python replaced the old one or something like that. To fix it, aptitude suggests that I remove a whole bunch of packages that I need and install a whole bunch of packages that I don't need.
I used checkinstall rather than
make install to be able to reverse/uninstall if something went wrong, but uninstalling/reinstalling python won't work because of the broken dependencies. Is there a way to get out of this mess?