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I'm on Debian Bullseye XFCE. Please find the relevant details of my system below:

vrgovinda@krishna:~$ uname -a
Linux krishna 5.10.0-8-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 5.10.46-5 (2021-09-23) x86_64 GNU/Linux

My sources.list has the following lines which makes DVD-1 of the Debian ISO as a local repostory.

deb [trusted=yes] file:///media/debian-dvd-1/ bullseye non-free contrib main  

I need to run the following commands in the terminal:

mount ~/firmware-11.0.0-amd64-DVD-1.iso /media/debian-dvd-1/
sudo apt update

I get the following output:

Get:1 file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye InRelease
Ign:1 file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye InRelease
Get:2 file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye Release [20.9 kB]
Get:2 file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye Release [20.9 kB]
Get:3 file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye Release.gpg
Ign:3 file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye Release.gpg
Hit:4 http://security.debian.org/debian-security bullseye-security InRelease
Hit:5 http://deb.debian.org/debian bullseye InRelease                                                          
Hit:6 http://deb.debian.org/debian bullseye-updates InRelease                                                  
Fetched 2,461 B in 2s (996 B/s)
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
13 packages can be upgraded. Run 'apt list --upgradable' to see them.
N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'non-free/binary-i386/Packages' as repository 'file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye InRelease' doesn't support architecture 'i386'
N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'contrib/binary-i386/Packages' as repository 'file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye InRelease' doesn't support architecture 'i386'
N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'main/binary-i386/Packages' as repository 'file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye InRelease' doesn't support architecture 'i386'

What do the lines

Get:1 file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye InRelease
Ign:1 file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye InRelease
Get:2 file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye Release [20.9 kB]
Get:2 file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye Release [20.9 kB]
Get:3 file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye Release.gpg
Ign:3 file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye Release.gpg

and

N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'non-free/binary-i386/Packages' as repository 'file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye InRelease' doesn't support architecture 'i386'
N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'contrib/binary-i386/Packages' as repository 'file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye InRelease' doesn't support architecture 'i386'
N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'main/binary-i386/Packages' as repository 'file:/media/debian-dvd-1 bullseye InRelease' doesn't support architecture 'i386'

mean? Is this of any concern? If yes, what should be the rectification?

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The first few lines tell you what files apt tried to retrieve, and which one it found (Release). See In output from `apt update` what do 'InRelease' and 'Release' refer to? for details of what these files are.

The last few lines are notices informing you that some of your system’s configured architectures (i386, which is presumably set up as a foreign architecture) couldn’t be found in your “mirror” (the CD image).

All of this is normal and nothing to worry about. You can avoid the second set of output by describing your repository more specifically:

deb [ arch=amd64 trusted=yes ] file:///media/debian-dvd-1/ bullseye non-free contrib main

This will tell apt to only look for amd64 content in that repository.

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  • How can I get rid of i386 packages completely from my system? I mean even for the online repositories? They aren't useful on an amd64 system, isn't it? I use wine with i386. But I want to get rid of other packages that download i386 packages when I update my system. Apr 5 at 13:33
  • If you use i386 Wine then you need all its i386 dependencies, and you need the i386 metadata from the repositories. Apr 5 at 13:54

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