Multilib support becomes a reality
Some of our readers thought we were dead due to the previous April’s Fool post…
well, we are not dead (yet) and after 5 years since the first
I’m still improving the package system and making the Void distribution more stable
than ever. Now let’s move on to the real post…
The Void distribution now contains a full multilib environment to be able to compile
and run 32-bit code on 64-bit systems. The
xbps-packages collection automatically
builds 32-bit packages for x86_64, if
xbps-src runs on 32-bit environments.
While others might say that it has been supported for years in other distributions, I can
only say that we are not a fork of any existing distribution and we had to improve
xbps-packages collection to achieve it in the least troublesome way.
Software on x86 is now configured to use
/usr/lib32 and by making this a symlink to
we were able to make all packages work on x86_64 with the minimal effort.
Lots of 32-bit packages are now available for x86_64 named as
The following example illustrates how to compile
xbps (the native void package manager)
for 32-bit by using the
# xbps-install -Sy libarchive-devel-32bit gcc-multilib ... $ cd xbps $ CC="cc -m32" PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR=/usr/lib32/pkgconfig ./configure && make ... $ file bin/xbps-query/xbps-query bin/xbps-query/xbps-query: ELF 32-bit LSB shared object, Intel 80386 ... $
I’d like to thank Gottox for the initial implementation and ideas in allowing us to achieve this feature in a relative short time.