Difference between revisions of "Install bundled 32-bit system in 64-bit system"

From ArchWiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
(use new templates, see Help:Style)
Line 191: Line 191:
  pacman -Sc
  pacman -Sc
==Executing 32-bit applications from a 64-bit environment==
==Schroot - Executing 32-bit applications from a 64-bit environment==
Install "schroot" to your '''64-bit''' installation:
Install "schroot" to your '''64-bit''' installation:
  pacman -S schroot
  pacman -S schroot
Schroot is already configured for Arch32 chroot, so you should just check {{ic|/etc/schroot/schroot.conf}}, section ''[Arch32]'', to check if it matches your configuration. You will also want to edit {{ic|/etc/schroot/mount-arch32}} to match the mounts you created within {{ic|/etc/rc.d/arch32}}, because applications run through schroot will not be able to see mounts not listed in {{ic|/etc/schroot/mount-arch32}}.
Edit {{ic|/etc/schroot/schroot.conf}}, and create an ''[Arch32]'' section.
Finally, to use your 32-bit applicationss:
Optionally edit {{ic|/etc/schroot/arch32/mounts}} to match the mounts created within {{ic|/etc/rc.d/arch32}}.
Finally, to use 32-bit applications:
  schroot -p -- opera
  schroot -p -- opera
It will launch Opera from the 32-bit environment.  
It will launch Opera from the 32-bit environment.  

Revision as of 22:05, 22 November 2011

This template has only maintenance purposes. For linking to local translations please use interlanguage links, see Help:i18n#Interlanguage links.

Local languages: Català – Dansk – English – Español – Esperanto – Hrvatski – Indonesia – Italiano – Lietuviškai – Magyar – Nederlands – Norsk Bokmål – Polski – Português – Slovenský – Česky – Ελληνικά – Български – Русский – Српски – Українська – עברית – العربية – ไทย – 日本語 – 正體中文 – 简体中文 – 한국어

External languages (all articles in these languages should be moved to the external wiki): Deutsch – Français – Română – Suomi – Svenska – Tiếng Việt – Türkçe – فارسی

This article presents one way of running 32-bit applications, which may be of use to those who do not wish to install the lib32-* libraries from the multilib repository and instead prefer to isolate 32bit applications. The approach involves creating a "chroot jail" to handle 32-bit apps.

Before proceeding:

  • Note that this script's author is not an expert so there may be errors.
  • This script also does not change anything outside the 32-bit directory. However, you will be creating hard links to your base system's configuration files and also mounting your home and other directories inside the 32-bit install directory. Thus, mistaken settings in the linked configuration files or carelessly removing all or part of the locally mounted directories can inflict catastrophic damage to your base system.
  • If you have a custom kernel configuration, you need to make sure that this option is set: CONFIG_IA32_EMULATION=y. Otherwise, your 64-bit kernel will not be able to access your 32-bit chroot environment. The stock Arch64 kernels generally have this set properly by default.

Install the base 32-bit system

1. Create the repository:

mkdir /opt/arch32

2. Generate temporary pacman configuration files for the new repository:

sed -e 's/\$arch/i686/g' /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist > /opt/arch32/mirrorlist
sed -e 's@/etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist@/opt/arch32/mirrorlist@g' /etc/pacman.conf > /opt/arch32/pacman.conf

These files would conflict with the normal pacman files, which will be installed in the later steps. For this reason they must be put into a temporary location (/opt/arch32 is used here). Once you have finished installing the new system and are ready to run pacman under the chroot environment, you can remove them.

As soon as you use the --root switch in the pacman command below, files /var/log/pacman.log and /var/lib/pacman/db.lck will be created inside /opt/arch32. The pacman log will be /opt/arch32/var/log/pacman.log and will not interfere with your 64-bit installation. There is no need for a LogFile directive in /etc/pacman.conf or a --logfile switch unless you want the log file to be elsewhere.

The --cachedir switch is for the package to be cached in the /opt/arch32/var/cache/pacman/pkg directory instead of /var/cache/pacman/pkg.

Use the --config switch to tell pacman to use the configuration file ganerated above, rather than /etc/pacman.conf.

3. Create the directory, just to be sure:

mkdir -p /opt/arch32/var/{cache/pacman/pkg,lib/pacman}

3b. Edit 'Architecture' for pacman >= 3.4

# In /opt/arch32/pacman.conf
# Architecture=auto

3c. If you used the Arch installer, you will have a line at the top of /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist like this:

# Mirror used during installation
Server = http://mirror.rit.edu/archlinux/$repo/os/x86_64

The 'sed' command above searches for instances of '$arch' and replaces them with 'i686'. Unfortunately, since this installation mirror is explicitly set as x86_64, it is not replaced and will cause issues. Either comment it out or change it like so:

Server = http://mirror.rit.edu/archlinux/$repo/os/i686

4. Now proceed to sync pacman:

pacman --root /opt/arch32 --cachedir /opt/arch32/var/cache/pacman/pkg --config /opt/arch32/pacman.conf -Sy

5. Install the base packages:

pacman --root /opt/arch32 --cachedir /opt/arch32/var/cache/pacman/pkg --config /opt/arch32/pacman.conf -S base base-devel

If you do not intend to compile packages inside this chroot, you can omit the base-devel group:

pacman --root /opt/arch32 --cachedir /opt/arch32/var/cache/pacman/pkg --config /opt/arch32/pacman.conf -S base

You can now optionally remove the temporary pacman configuration files. If you keep these file there, you will be able to run pacman in the base 64-bit system to manage the packages in the 32-bit repository.

rm /opt/arch32/{mirrorlist,pacman.conf}

To use the newly installed pacman, you need to uncomment some mirrors in /opt/arch32/etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist, and make any other desired changes to the new pacman installation. You will also need to edit your /opt/arch32/etc/pacman.conf and change that Architecture from auto back to i686.

Alternative lightweight install

The install method above will install a lot of packages which are not necessary in a 32-bit sub-system. Actually, the pacman package itself is not necessary -- you can always use the 64-bit version instead. This new method can help you install a smaller sub-system.

Start with the 32-bit repository:

mkdir /opt/arch32

And then the pacman configuration files. However, unlike in the previous method, these files should not be removed:

sed -e 's/\$arch/i686/g' /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist > /opt/arch32/mirrorlist
sed -e 's@/etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist@/opt/arch32/mirrorlist@g' /etc/pacman.conf > /opt/arch32/pacman.conf

Create necessary directories for the new system. Note that /opt/arch32/var/lib/dbus is required here because you are not going to install dbus in the sub-system, and you would still want to access the 64-bit dbus in your 32-bit subsystem.

mkdir -p /opt/arch32/var/{cache/pacman/pkg,lib/pacman,lib/dbus}

Create an alias for pacman32, the command to be used to install 32-bit packages. Just add the following line to your ~/.bashrc or similar:

alias pacman32="pacman --root /opt/arch32 --cachedir /opt/arch32/var/cache/pacman/pkg --config /opt/arch32/pacman.conf"

Edit 'Architecture' for pacman >= 3.4

# In /opt/arch32/pacman.conf
# Architecture=auto

Sync pacman32:

pacman32 -Sy

Install basic packages for 32-bit subsystem. These are the minimal packages that allow you to chroot to the subsystem and run locale-gen script for i18n.

pacman32 -S filesystem licenses bash sed coreutils gzip

Now you are ready for the following steps. Remember that you should replace all pacman commands required to run the chroot environment with pacman32 under the 64-bit system.

/etc/rc.d/arch32 rc script

To initiate the 32-bit environment at startup, create a script in /etc/rc.d/ called arch32:


. /etc/rc.conf
. /etc/rc.d/functions

dirs=(/dev /dev/pts /dev/shm /tmp /home)
case $1 in
        stat_busy "Starting Arch32 chroot"
        for d in "${dirs[@]}"; do
         mount -o bind $d /opt/arch32$d
        mount -t proc none /opt/arch32/proc
        mount -t sysfs none /opt/arch32/sys
        add_daemon arch32
        stat_busy "Stopping Arch32 chroot"
        for (( i = ${#dirs[@]} - 1; i >= 0; i-- )); do
         umount "/opt/arch32${dirs[i]}"
        umount /opt/arch32/{proc,sys}
        rm_daemon arch32
        $0 stop
        sleep 1
        $0 start
        echo "usage: $0 {start|stop|restart}"
exit 0

Then allow execution of the script:

chmod +x /etc/rc.d/arch32

And add it to /etc/rc.conf:

DAEMONS=(syslog-ng network netfs arch32 crond)

Configure the new system

First, copy important configuration files:

cd /opt/arch32/etc

ln -f /etc/passwd* .
ln -f /etc/shadow* .
ln -f /etc/group* .
ln -f /etc/sudoers .  # note: you'll need to install sudo before creating this entry, or sudo will refuse to install

ln -f /etc/rc.conf .
ln -f /etc/resolv.conf .

ln -f /etc/localtime .
ln -f /etc/locale.gen .
ln -f /etc/profile.d/locale.sh profile.d

cp /etc/vimrc .
cp /etc/mtab .

Be sure to include the "." character.

Now chroot into your new system:

/etc/rc.d/arch32 start
xhost +SI:localuser:usernametogiveaccesstogoeshere 
chroot /opt/arch32

It is recommend that you use a custom bash prompt inside the 32-bit chroot installation in order to differentiate from the regular system. You can, for example, add a ARCH32 string to the PS1 variable defined in ~/.bashrc. In fact, the default Debian .bashrc prompt string contains appropriate logic to report whether the working directory is within a chroot.

Before continuing, keep in mind that the file /etc/pacman.conf from the 32-bit environment is the default one. If you have not yet uncommented some mirrors in "/etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist", you must do so, or pacman will fail with an unexpected error.

Fix possible locale issues:

pacman -S ttf-bitstream-vera ttf-ms-fonts

You can install any other font. You just need one or your applications will not display any text.

Now you can install any applications you need:

pacman -S acroread opera
pacman -S firefox
pacman -S flashplugin
pacman -S mplayer-plugin

You can also clean up to regain space by removing some unnecessary packages. This cleanup is for your 32-bit root environment and must then be done inside it. Below is a list of packages you might want to remove:

pacman -Rd mkinitcpio
pacman -R linux \
grub \
dhcpcd \
rp-pppoe \
ppp \
xfsprogs \
reiserfsprogs \
jfsutils \
hdparm \
hwdetect \
syslog-ng \
logrotate \
lvm2 \
dcron \
wpa_supplicant \

Also consider regularly clearing out pacman's cache:

pacman -Sc

Schroot - Executing 32-bit applications from a 64-bit environment

Install "schroot" to your 64-bit installation:

pacman -S schroot

Edit /etc/schroot/schroot.conf, and create an [Arch32] section.


Optionally edit /etc/schroot/arch32/mounts to match the mounts created within /etc/rc.d/arch32.

Finally, to use 32-bit applications:

schroot -p -- opera

It will launch Opera from the 32-bit environment.

Here is a small program that substitutes the 64-bit version of Firefox. To use it you must paste it into geany (or another program than can compile it), save as firefox.cpp and compile by pressing F9:

#include <iostream>
#include <string>
#include <cstdlib>
using namespace std;

int main(int argc, char **argv)
    string temp="schroot -p firefox \"";
    string temp2="\"";
    if (argc>=2) temp+=+argv[1];
    return 0;

Now replace firefox binary file in /usr/lib/firefox-3.0.1 with the compiled file. Change "3.0.1" to the appropriate version.

Java in a chroot

See Java for installation instructions.

After installing, adjust the path to get Java working:

export PATH="/opt/java/bin/:$PATH"


Compilation and installing

Ensure the desired options are set in the local /etc/makepkg.conf.

Some packages may require a --host flag be added to the ./configure script in the PKBUILD:

./configure --host="i686-pc-linux" ...

This is the case when the build makes use of values (for example, the output of the uname command) inherited from your base system.

You may need to give users write access to your chroot's /dev/null to stop some scripts from failing:

chmod 666 /dev/null

Video issues

If you get:

X Error of failed request: BadLength (poly request too large or internal Xlib length error)

while trying to run an application that requires video acceleration, make sure you have installed appropriate video drivers in your chroot. For example,

pacman -S nvidia

Sound in flash (youtube, etc.)

To get sound from the flash player in Firefox, open a terminal and chroot inside the 32-bit system:

chroot /opt/arch32

From there, install alsa-oss:

pacman -S alsa-oss

Then type:

export FIREFOX_DSP="aoss"

Every chroot into the 32-bit system will require this export command to be entered so it may be best to incorporate it into a script.

Finally, launch Firefox.

For Wine this works the same way. The package alsa-oss will also install the alsa libs required by Wine to output sound.

Tips and tricks


Xyne has created a package that installs a minimalist 32-bit chroot as described above. More information can be found on the forum and on the project page.

Allowing 32-bit applications access to 64-bit Pulseaudio

Add these lines in /etc/rc.d/arch32, above add_daemon arch32:

mount --bind /var/run /opt/arch32/var/run
mount --bind /var/lib/dbus /opt/arch32/var/lib/dbus

And above rm_daemon arch32:

umount /opt/arch32/var/run
umount /opt/arch32/var/lib/dbus

More information is available at the Pulseaudio article, especially the section on Pulseaudio from within a chroot.

Enabling sound in Firefox

Open a text editor and save the following in /usr/bin/firefox32 as root:

schroot -p firefox $1;export FIREFOX_DSP="aoss"

Make it executable:

sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/firefox32

Now you can make an alias for Firefox, if desired:

alias firefox="firefox32"

Add this to the end of file ~/.bashrc and source it to enable its usage. Or you can just change all your desktop environment's launchers to firefox32 if you still want 64-bit Firefox to be available.

Enabling 3D acceleration

In case you want to run any 32 bit application under your chroot with 3D acceleration (e.g. WINE, native 32 bit games) you simply need to install the corresponding libs as under your "native" arch.

For an ATI card using the radeon driver this could be:

pacman -S xf86-video-ati libgl ati-dri

For more informations on how to set up your graphic adapter refer to:




Your can easily check if you have 3D rendering within the 32 bit chroot by installing mesa and running the following command:

 glxinfo | grep renderer

If you have no 3D acceleration you'll get some output like this:

 [joe@arch64]$ OpenGL renderer string: Software Rasterizer

If 3D acceleration is enabled you'll get a message like this:

 [joe@arch64]$ OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI R600 (RV730 9490) 20090101 x86/MMX+/3DNow!+/SSE2 TCL DRI2

Script for wine

In order to compile wine, you need a 32-bit system installed. Compiling wine is needed for applying patches in order to get PulseAudio working. See also wine-hacks from AUR.

Add the following alias to ~/.bashrc:

alias wine='schroot -pqd "$(pwd)" -- wine'

The -q switch makes schroot operate in quiet mode, so it works like "regular" wine does. Also note that If you still use dchroot instead of schroot, you should use switch -d instead of -s.