32-bit Firefox (Re: How long will 64bit Ubuntu users have towait?)

Kilz _ kilzzz at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 12 13:05:45 BST 2006

>From: Matt Zimmerman <mdz at ubuntu.com>
>To: ubuntu-devel at lists.ubuntu.com
>Subject: Re: 32-bit Firefox (Re: How long will 64bit Ubuntu users have 
>Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 18:17:06 -0700
>On Mon, Sep 11, 2006 at 09:12:21AM -0700, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > On Mon, Sep 11, 2006 at 10:10:27AM +0200, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:
> > > * Matt Zimmerman
> > >
> > > | The latter would be preferable, as it avoids duplicating the source 
> > > | automatically stays up to date as the package changes.  The bi-arch 
> > > | in our compiler should make it possible to build both 64-bit and 
> > > | binaries during the same build, if the necessary development 
>packages are
> > > | arranged.
> > >
> > > This is the big problem -- firefox build-depends on a bunch of
> > > libraries like libxt-dev and libx11-dev which would require those to
> > > exist in a 32-bit build for amd64.  Similarly, we would need a build
> > > of gtk, orbit, freetype, cairo.  At some point, you're really running
> > > half your desktop in 32 bit mode.  To be honest -- I don't see the
> > > point, it's not worth the maintenance for the distro team and I would
> > > rather see the effort being used for proper multiarch.
> >
> > Aren't most of those libraries available as 32-bit for openoffice?
>I suppose the -dev packages aren't.  The howto that I think "Kilz" is
>referring to is:
>and while some of its advice is questionable, it seems to imply that all of
>the runtime support is already available in 32-bit form, though I haven't
>confirmed this.  If so, it should be possible to do an ia32-libs-style
>firefox package.
>  - mdz
>ubuntu-devel mailing list
>ubuntu-devel at lists.ubuntu.com

That is my howto. But the deb file I have isnt a source package. Its binary. 
It just puts an already compiled firefox in place plus a few other things 
like libprangohack that was taken out of the ia32-gtk for Dapper but existed 
in Breezy. You might want to extract it to see exactly what it adds. The 
only thing I couldnt figure out is how to add the icons on the buttons for 
the "save link as" box. They show up as an X, so I know something is 
missing, just not what. Everything else works

Sorry forgot to reply to all.

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