I've noticed that there is a x86_64 project for arch at www.arch64.org
Why is that project separated from the normal i686?
The ftp hierarchy supports multiple architecture types:
There could be a i586 and a x86_64 as well. I think it has been introduced for that reason a couple of years ago, so why not use it.
Selection of architecture could be at /etc/rc.conf or /etc/pacman.conf
I know that i586 and x86_64 aren't as stable as i686 is. But I think theses projects could get more testers, because it's easier to install them, find packages, more mirrors are available and so on.
PS: I hope this discussion didn't happen before and I did not found it, but maybe this is the time to discuss it again! :-)
Basically, x86, 586, and PPC-arch are all relatively beta systems that are not ready for mainline arch installs. They don't have the same large package database, etc. When I was working on arch64, I found it not to be up to my needs, although with AndyRTR's energetic work, I'm thinking I may be trying it again soon.
Okay, I understand.
But as I know, arch is made for more advanced users. So a note about the beta status at the config file might be enought for arch-users.
I'm probably wrong, but that how I would make it.
I'll try to find out how to help x86_64 to get it more stable (stable enough to add it to i686).
Talk to syamajala or c14n. They can be found in IRC. c14n is busy as hell, but he maintains the system, syamajala is the guy that basically started and heads the project. If you can boot the sucker using directions from the wiki, you'll then be able to build and compile packages in much the same way as i686 users.
Those pages may or may not be up to date. ;-)
I've installed it now and updated the wiki:
no a livecd is enough. get a small one from gentoo.org ...
i use arch64 as my primary linux distribution on my laptop. so it's quite stable, but there are many things todo. so join us and help to get it better ;-)
arch64 user - www.arch64.org
I currently try to create all the packages I currently use with my i686-arch.
I've got no problems to create:
amarok-base-mysqlfree (I needed to build a new qt from abs) libvisual libvisual-plugins amarok-engine-gst ncftp mp3splt easytag host libdvdcss flashplugin mplayer-plugin
I got some problems withgkx86info and foomatic-db, foomatic-db-engine (and so on) because of source-download.
Now I'll try to upgrade kde to 3.5...
I'm quiet through with kde3.5. Should be done later today or tomorrow.
Take care that a package is not done when makepkg gives no error although I often go like this and pray it will work. If not, contact my or just fill Flyspray.
I really doubt your flashplugin will work
qt should be done in latest version.
Let's meet in IRC for more details later today.
I was not able to test it, because of the nvidia package. (Didn't noticed the "ignore 32bit-compatibility")
I'll test flashplugin tonight, probably tomorrow. Same for lilo from testing!
I'll report you...
lilo is working, flash is not
flash is a 32 app ... check Arch64 FAQ for more help....