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==Install the Base 32-bit System==
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== Make the i686 Chroot ==
1. Create the directory:
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=== tl;dr version ===
{{bc|mkdir /opt/arch32}}
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For those wanting a single copy/paste:
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export LOCATION=/opt/arch32 # more flexibility here if users which an alternative location for the chroot
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mkdir $LOCATION
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sed -e 's/\$arch/i686/g' /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist > $LOCATION/mirrorlist
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sed -e "s@/etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist@$LOCATION/mirrorlist@g" -e '/Architecture/ s,auto,i686,'  /etc/pacman.conf > $LOCATION/pacman.conf
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mkdir -p $LOCATION/var/{cache/pacman/pkg,lib/pacman}
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pacman --root $LOCATION --cachedir $LOCATION/var/cache/pacman/pkg --config $LOCATION/pacman.conf -Sy
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pacman --root $LOCATION --cachedir $LOCATION/var/cache/pacman/pkg --config $LOCATION/pacman.conf -S base base-devel sudo
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mv $LOCATION/mirrorlist $LOCATION/etc/pacman.d
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cd $LOCATION/etc
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cp /etc/passwd* .
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cp /etc/shadow* .
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cp /etc/group* .
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cp /etc/sudoers .
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cp /etc/resolv.conf .
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cp /etc/localtime .
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cp /etc/locale.gen .
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cp /etc/profile.d/locale.sh profile.d
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cp /etc/vimrc .
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cp /etc/mtab .
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cp /etc/inputrc .
  
2. Generate temporary [[pacman]] configuration files for chroot:
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===Install the Base 32-bit System===
{{bc|sed -e 's/\$arch/i686/g' /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist > /opt/arch32/mirrorlist
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sed -e 's@/etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist@/opt/arch32/mirrorlist@g' /etc/pacman.conf > /opt/arch32/pacman.conf}}
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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 ({{ic|/opt/arch32}} is used here). Remember to delete/comment the multilib repo, if you have enable it, in the {{ic|/opt/arch32/pacman.conf}} file
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The {{ic|--root}} switch in the pacman command below will create {{ic|/var/log/pacman.log}} and {{ic|/var/lib/pacman/db.lck}} inside {{ic|/opt/arch32}}. The pacman log will be {{ic|/opt/arch32/var/log/pacman.log}} and will ''not'' interfere with the native 64-bit installation. There is no need for a {{ic|LogFile}} directive in {{ic|/etc/pacman.conf}} or a {{ic|--logfile}} switch.
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1. Create the directory:
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  mkdir /opt/arch32
  
The {{ic|--cachedir}} switch is for the package to be cached in {{ic|/opt/arch32/var/cache/pacman/pkg}} instead of {{ic|/var/cache/pacman/pkg}}.
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2. Generate temporary [[pacman]] configuration files for chroot:
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sed -e 's/\$arch/i686/g' /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist > /opt/arch32/mirrorlist
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sed -e 's@/etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist@/opt/arch32/mirrorlist@g' -e '/Architecture/ s,auto,i686,'  /etc/pacman.conf > /opt/arch32/pacman.conf
  
Use the {{ic|--config}} switch to tell pacman to use the configuration file generated above, rather than {{ic|/etc/pacman.conf}}.
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*These files would conflict with the normal pacman files, which will be installed in the later steps.
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*For this reason they must be put ''into'' a temporary location ({{ic|/opt/arch32}} is used here).
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*Remember to delete/comment the multilib repo, if you have enable it, in the {{ic|/opt/arch32/pacman.conf}} file
  
3. Create the directory, just to be sure:
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3. Create the directory:
 
  mkdir -p /opt/arch32/var/{cache/pacman/pkg,lib/pacman}
 
  mkdir -p /opt/arch32/var/{cache/pacman/pkg,lib/pacman}
 
3b. Edit 'Architecture' for pacman >= 3.4
 
 
# In /opt/arch32/pacman.conf
 
# Architecture=auto
 
Architecture=i686
 
 
3c. Users following the Arch installer method will have a line at the top of {{ic|/etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist}} similar to:
 
{{bc|1=# 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:
 
{{bc|1=Server = http://mirror.rit.edu/archlinux/$repo/os/i686}}
 
  
 
4. Sync pacman:
 
4. Sync pacman:
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5. Install the base and optionally base-devel groups:
 
5. Install the base and optionally base-devel groups:
 
  pacman --root /opt/arch32 --cachedir /opt/arch32/var/cache/pacman/pkg --config /opt/arch32/pacman.conf -S base base-devel
 
  pacman --root /opt/arch32 --cachedir /opt/arch32/var/cache/pacman/pkg --config /opt/arch32/pacman.conf -S base base-devel
{{Note|For minimal arch32 chroot installation following packages are sufficient: bash, coreutils, filesystem, grep, gzip, licenses, sed, pacman and file.}}
 
  
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Optionally add your favorite text editor and distcc if you plan to compile within the chroot with other machines:
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pacman --root /opt/arch32 --cachedir /opt/arch32/var/cache/pacman/pkg --config /opt/arch32/pacman.conf -S base base-devel sudo vim distcc
  
Optionally remove the temporary pacman configuration files.
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Optionally move the pacman mirror list into place:
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mv /opt/arch32/mirrorlist /opt/arch32/etc/pacman.d
  
rm /opt/arch32/{mirrorlist,pacman.conf}
 
 
6. To use the newly installed pacman, uncomment some mirrors in {{ic|/opt/arch32/etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist}} and make any other desired changes to the new pacman installation. 
 
 
7. Edit your /opt/arch32/etc/pacman.conf and change that Architecture from auto back to i686.
 
 
== Create an Arch32 Daemon Init Script ==
 
 
{{Warning|This included script 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.}}
 
 
To initiate the 32-bit environment at startup, create the following init script {{ic|/etc/rc.d/arch32}}:
 
 
{{bc|<nowiki>#!/bin/bash
 
 
. /etc/rc.conf
 
. /etc/rc.d/functions
 
 
# Add '/var/run /var/lib/dbus' to the list to enable pulseaudio.
 
dirs=(/dev /dev/pts /dev/shm /tmp /home)
 
 
case $1 in
 
    start)
 
        stat_busy "Starting Arch32 chroot"
 
        for d in "${dirs[@]}"; do
 
        mount -o bind $d /opt/arch32$d
 
        done
 
        mount -t proc none /opt/arch32/proc
 
        mount -t sysfs none /opt/arch32/sys
 
        add_daemon arch32
 
        stat_done
 
        ;;
 
    stop)
 
        stat_busy "Stopping Arch32 chroot"
 
        for (( i = ${#dirs[@]} - 1; i >= 0; i-- )); do
 
        umount "/opt/arch32${dirs[i]}"
 
        done
 
        umount /opt/arch32/{proc,sys}
 
        rm_daemon arch32
 
        stat_done
 
        ;;
 
    restart)
 
        $0 stop
 
        sleep 1
 
        $0 start
 
        ;;
 
    *)
 
        echo "usage: $0 {start|stop|restart}"
 
esac
 
exit 0</nowiki>}}
 
A version of the script for Gentoo Linux (OpenRC) is available here: http://pastebin.com/kHt3440j
 
 
Then allow execution of the script:
 
chmod +x /etc/rc.d/arch32
 
 
And add it to {{ic|/etc/rc.conf}}:
 
DAEMONS=(syslog-ng network netfs '''arch32''' crond)
 
 
==Configure the new system==
 
 
===Configuration files===
 
===Configuration files===
 
Key configuration files should be copied over:
 
Key configuration files should be copied over:
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  cp /etc/shadow* .
 
  cp /etc/shadow* .
 
  cp /etc/group* .
 
  cp /etc/group* .
  cp /etc/sudoers .  # note: you'll need to install sudo before creating this entry, or sudo will refuse to install
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  cp /etc/sudoers .
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cp /etc/rc.conf .
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  cp /etc/resolv.conf .
 
  cp /etc/resolv.conf .
 
 
  cp /etc/localtime .
 
  cp /etc/localtime .
 
  cp /etc/locale.gen .
 
  cp /etc/locale.gen .
 
  cp /etc/profile.d/locale.sh profile.d
 
  cp /etc/profile.d/locale.sh profile.d
 
 
  cp /etc/vimrc .
 
  cp /etc/vimrc .
 
  cp /etc/mtab .
 
  cp /etc/mtab .
  cp /etc/sudoers .
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  cp /etc/inputrc .
Be sure to include the "." character.
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Be sure to include the "." character!
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Remember to define the correct the number of MAKEFLAGS and other vars in {{ic|/opt/arch32/etc/makepkg.conf}} before attempting to build.
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== Create an Arch32 Daemon Script and Systemd Service ==
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{{hc|/etc/systemd/system/arch32.service|<nowiki>
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[Unit]
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Description=32-bit chroot
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[Service]
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Type=oneshot
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RemainAfterExit=yes
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ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/arch32 start
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ExecStop=/usr/local/bin/arch32 stop
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[Install]
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WantedBy=multi-user.target
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</nowiki>}}
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{{hc|/usr/local/bin/arch32|<nowiki>
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#!/bin/bash
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start_distccd() {
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[[ ! -L /opt/arch32/usr/bin/distccd-chroot ]] && ln -s /usr/bin/distccd /opt/arch32/usr/bin/distccd-chroot
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DISTCC_ARGS="--user nobody --allow 192.168.0.0/24 --port 3692 --log-level warning --log-file /tmp/distccd-i686.log"
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if [[ -z "$(pgrep distccd-chroot)" ]]; then
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linux32 chroot /opt/arch32 /bin/bash -c "/usr/bin/distccd-chroot --daemon ${DISTCC_ARGS}"
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echo "Startup OK!"
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else
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echo "/usr/bin/distccd-chroot seems to be running so doing nothing!"
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fi
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}
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stop_distccd() {
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if [[ -n "$(pgrep distccd-chroot)" ]]; then
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linux32 chroot /opt/arch32 /bin/bash -c "pkill -SIGTERM distccd-chroot"
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echo "Shutdown OK!"
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else
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echo "/usr/bin/distccd-chroot does NOT seems to be running so doing nothing!"
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fi
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}
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case $1 in
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start)
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                # if you have the main chroot on another partition
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                # create the .arch32 file as a simple check for mount status
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                # edit to fit your system and take note of the corresponding unmount option in the stop function
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# [[ ! -f /opt/arch32/.arch32 ]] && mount LABEL="arch32" /opt/arch32
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dirs=(/tmp /dev /dev/pts /scratch /home)
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for d in "${dirs[@]}"; do
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mount -o bind $d /opt/arch32$d
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done
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mount -t proc none /opt/arch32/proc
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mount -t sysfs none /opt/arch32/sys
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touch /run/arch32
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                # if you use distccd from within the chroot uncomment this and the corresponding line in the stop function
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# start_distccd
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;;
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stop)
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dirs=(/home /scratch /dev/pts /tmp)
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                # if you use distccd from within the chroot uncomment this
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# stop_distccd
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umount /opt/arch32/{sys,proc}
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for d in "${dirs[@]}"; do
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umount "/opt/arch32$d"
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done
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sleep 5s
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umount /opt/arch32/dev # needs to come out of the for loop
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                # if using a separate partition for arch32
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# umount /opt/arch32
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rm -f /run/arch32
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;;
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*)
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echo "usage: $0 (start|stop)"
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exit 1
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esac</nowiki>}}
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Be sure to make the init script executable:
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# chmod +x /usr/local/bin/arch32
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Enable the service as any other systemd service.
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==Configure the new system==
 
=== Configure the chroot ===
 
=== Configure the chroot ===
 
Chroot into the new system:
 
Chroot into the new system:
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It is recommended to 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 {{ic|~/.bashrc}}.  In fact, the default Debian .bashrc prompt string contains appropriate logic to report whether the working directory is within a chroot.
 
It is recommended to 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 {{ic|~/.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 {{ic|/etc/pacman.conf}} from the 32-bit environment is the default one.  Make sure to uncomment some mirrors in {{ic|/etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist}}.
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=== First-time Setup ===
 
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Fix possible locale issues:
 
Fix possible locale issues:
 
  /usr/sbin/locale-gen
 
  /usr/sbin/locale-gen
  
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Initialize pacman:
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sed -i 's/CheckSpace/#CheckSpace/' /etc/pacman.conf
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pacman-key --init
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pacman-key --populate archlinux
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=== Install Needed Packages ===
 
Install the needed packages including apps, fonts, etc. for example:
 
Install the needed packages including apps, fonts, etc. for example:
  
pacman -S acroread opera
 
 
  pacman -S firefox
 
  pacman -S firefox
 
  pacman -S flashplugin
 
  pacman -S flashplugin
pacman -S mplayer-plugin
 
 
Regain space by removing some unnecessary packages.
 
  
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=== Regain Space (Optional) ===
 
{{Warning| This cleanup is for the '''32-bit''' root environment and must then be done inside it NOT the native 64-bit environment!}}
 
{{Warning| This cleanup is for the '''32-bit''' root environment and must then be done inside it NOT the native 64-bit environment!}}
  
 
The following shows recommended packages for removal:
 
The following shows recommended packages for removal:
  
  pacman -Rd linux mkinitcpio
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  pacman -Rd linux mkinitcpio dhcpcd ppp xfsprogs reiserfsprogs jfsutils logrotate lvm2 pcmciautils netcfg heirloom-mailx iputils iproute2 man-pages mdadm inetutils man-db cronie vi
pacman -R dhcpcd ppp xfsprogs reiserfsprogs jfsutils syslog-ng logrotate lvm2 wpa_supplicant pcmciautils
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Also consider regularly clearing out pacman's cache:
 
Also consider regularly clearing out pacman's cache:
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  [Arch32]
 
  [Arch32]
 
  type=directory
 
  type=directory
  script-config=arch32/config
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  profile=arch32
 
  description=Arch32
 
  description=Arch32
 
  directory=/opt/arch32
 
  directory=/opt/arch32
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  export PATH="/opt/java/bin/:$PATH"
 
  export PATH="/opt/java/bin/:$PATH"
 
===arch32-light===
 
===arch32-light===
Xyne has created a package that installs a minimalist 32-bit chroot as described above. More information can be found [http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=97629 on the forum] and [http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/arch32-light on the project page].
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Xyne has created a package that installs a minimalist 32-bit chroot as described above. More information can be found [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=97629 on the forum] and [http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/arch32-light on the project page].
  
 
===Allowing 32-bit applications access to 64-bit Pulseaudio===
 
===Allowing 32-bit applications access to 64-bit Pulseaudio===
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  umount /opt/arch32/var/lib/dbus
 
  umount /opt/arch32/var/lib/dbus
  
More information is available at the [[Pulseaudio]] article, especially the section on [http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/PulseAudio#Pulseaudio_from_within_a_chroot_.28ex._32-bit_chroot_in_64-bit_install.29 Pulseaudio from within a chroot].
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More information is available at the [[Pulseaudio]] article, especially the section on [[PulseAudio#Pulseaudio_from_within_a_chroot_.28ex._32-bit_chroot_in_64-bit_install.29|Pulseaudio from within a chroot]].
  
 
===Enabling sound in Firefox===
 
===Enabling sound in Firefox===

Revision as of 18:02, 3 March 2013

Summary help replacing me

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.

Make the i686 Chroot

tl;dr version

For those wanting a single copy/paste:

export LOCATION=/opt/arch32 # more flexibility here if users which an alternative location for the chroot
mkdir $LOCATION
sed -e 's/\$arch/i686/g' /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist > $LOCATION/mirrorlist
sed -e "s@/etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist@$LOCATION/mirrorlist@g" -e '/Architecture/ s,auto,i686,'  /etc/pacman.conf > $LOCATION/pacman.conf
mkdir -p $LOCATION/var/{cache/pacman/pkg,lib/pacman}
pacman --root $LOCATION --cachedir $LOCATION/var/cache/pacman/pkg --config $LOCATION/pacman.conf -Sy
pacman --root $LOCATION --cachedir $LOCATION/var/cache/pacman/pkg --config $LOCATION/pacman.conf -S base base-devel sudo
mv $LOCATION/mirrorlist $LOCATION/etc/pacman.d
cd $LOCATION/etc
cp /etc/passwd* .
cp /etc/shadow* .
cp /etc/group* .
cp /etc/sudoers .
cp /etc/resolv.conf .
cp /etc/localtime .
cp /etc/locale.gen .
cp /etc/profile.d/locale.sh profile.d
cp /etc/vimrc .
cp /etc/mtab .
cp /etc/inputrc .

Install the Base 32-bit System

1. Create the directory:

mkdir /opt/arch32

2. Generate temporary pacman configuration files for chroot:

sed -e 's/\$arch/i686/g' /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist > /opt/arch32/mirrorlist
sed -e 's@/etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist@/opt/arch32/mirrorlist@g' -e '/Architecture/ s,auto,i686,'  /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).
  • Remember to delete/comment the multilib repo, if you have enable it, in the /opt/arch32/pacman.conf file

3. Create the directory:

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

4. Sync pacman:

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

5. Install the base and optionally base-devel groups:

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

Optionally add your favorite text editor and distcc if you plan to compile within the chroot with other machines:

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

Optionally move the pacman mirror list into place:

mv /opt/arch32/mirrorlist /opt/arch32/etc/pacman.d

Configuration files

Key configuration files should be copied over:

cd /opt/arch32/etc

cp /etc/passwd* .
cp /etc/shadow* .
cp /etc/group* .
cp /etc/sudoers .
cp /etc/resolv.conf .
cp /etc/localtime .
cp /etc/locale.gen .
cp /etc/profile.d/locale.sh profile.d
cp /etc/vimrc .
cp /etc/mtab .
cp /etc/inputrc .

Be sure to include the "." character!

Remember to define the correct the number of MAKEFLAGS and other vars in /opt/arch32/etc/makepkg.conf before attempting to build.

Create an Arch32 Daemon Script and Systemd Service

/etc/systemd/system/arch32.service
[Unit]
Description=32-bit chroot

[Service]
Type=oneshot
RemainAfterExit=yes
ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/arch32 start
ExecStop=/usr/local/bin/arch32 stop

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target
/usr/local/bin/arch32
#!/bin/bash

start_distccd() {
	[[ ! -L /opt/arch32/usr/bin/distccd-chroot ]] && ln -s /usr/bin/distccd /opt/arch32/usr/bin/distccd-chroot 
	DISTCC_ARGS="--user nobody --allow 192.168.0.0/24 --port 3692 --log-level warning --log-file /tmp/distccd-i686.log"
	
	if [[ -z "$(pgrep distccd-chroot)" ]]; then
		linux32 chroot /opt/arch32 /bin/bash -c "/usr/bin/distccd-chroot --daemon ${DISTCC_ARGS}"
		echo "Startup OK!"
	else
		echo "/usr/bin/distccd-chroot seems to be running so doing nothing!"
	fi
}

stop_distccd() {
	if [[ -n "$(pgrep distccd-chroot)" ]]; then
		linux32 chroot /opt/arch32 /bin/bash -c "pkill -SIGTERM distccd-chroot"
		echo "Shutdown OK!"
	else
		echo "/usr/bin/distccd-chroot does NOT seems to be running so doing nothing!"
	fi
}

case $1 in
	start)
                # if you have the main chroot on another partition
                # create the .arch32 file as a simple check for mount status
                # edit to fit your system and take note of the corresponding unmount option in the stop function
		# [[ ! -f /opt/arch32/.arch32 ]] && mount LABEL="arch32" /opt/arch32

		dirs=(/tmp /dev /dev/pts /scratch /home)
		for d in "${dirs[@]}"; do
			mount -o bind $d /opt/arch32$d
		done
		mount -t proc none /opt/arch32/proc
		mount -t sysfs none /opt/arch32/sys
		touch /run/arch32
                # if you use distccd from within the chroot uncomment this and the corresponding line in the stop function
		# start_distccd
		;;
	stop)
		dirs=(/home /scratch /dev/pts /tmp)
                # if you use distccd from within the chroot uncomment this
		# stop_distccd
		umount /opt/arch32/{sys,proc}
		for d in "${dirs[@]}"; do
			umount "/opt/arch32$d"
		done
		sleep 5s
		umount /opt/arch32/dev	# needs to come out of the for loop
                # if using a separate partition for arch32
		# umount /opt/arch32
		rm -f /run/arch32
		;;
	*)
		echo "usage: $0 (start|stop)"
		exit 1
esac

Be sure to make the init script executable:

# chmod +x /usr/local/bin/arch32

Enable the service as any other systemd service.

Configure the new system

Configure the chroot

Chroot into the new system:

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

It is recommended to 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.

First-time Setup

Fix possible locale issues:

/usr/sbin/locale-gen

Initialize pacman:

sed -i 's/CheckSpace/#CheckSpace/' /etc/pacman.conf
pacman-key --init
pacman-key --populate archlinux

Install Needed Packages

Install the needed packages including apps, fonts, etc. for example:

pacman -S firefox
pacman -S flashplugin

Regain Space (Optional)

Warning: This cleanup is for the 32-bit root environment and must then be done inside it NOT the native 64-bit environment!

The following shows recommended packages for removal:

pacman -Rd linux mkinitcpio dhcpcd ppp xfsprogs reiserfsprogs jfsutils logrotate lvm2 pcmciautils netcfg heirloom-mailx iputils iproute2 man-pages mdadm inetutils man-db cronie vi

Also consider regularly clearing out pacman's cache:

pacman -Scc

Install and Configure Schroot

Install "schroot" to the native 64-bit installation:

pacman -S schroot

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

[Arch32]
type=directory
profile=arch32
description=Arch32
directory=/opt/arch32
users=user1,user2,user3
groups=users
root-groups=root
personality=linux32
aliases=32,default

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

Using Schroot to run a 32-bit application

The general syntax for calling an application inside the chroot is:

schroot -p -- htop

In this example, htop is called from within the 32-bit environment.

Troubleshooting

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

Java in a chroot

See Java for installation instructions.

After installing, adjust the path to get Java working:

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

arch32-light

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:

#!/bin/sh
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:

ATI

Intel

NVIDIA

Your can easily check if you have 3D rendering within the 32 bit chroot by installing mesa-demos 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.