Thursday, 13 February 2014

Re: remove i386 from foreign arch on server install?

On 14 February 2014 00:24, Scott Moser <> wrote:
> Hey all,
> I just did an ISO server install of trusty server, and I end up with
> 'i386' in the output of:
> $ dpkg --print-foreign-architectures
> i386
> I really wish we'd have done it earlier, but I really think that most of
> the time this is just a waste of network traffic on 'apt-get update' on a
> server. If people want i386 packages on amd64, its trivial for them to
> re-enable it.
> What do people think about removing this?
> Does anyone have a use case where this is important, and is not easily
> worked around just by doing:
> sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

I'm very much in favour of removing it, specifically for cloud images,
but ideally all servers. Yes, it's something that needs some guidance
for enabling, but its half as many index files to download, and half
the size local mirror to maintain.


Robert Collins <>
Distinguished Technologist
HP Converged Cloud

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