I’ve been finding lots of .deb packages that are compiled for 32-bit OS’s that don’t have 64-bit versions available. While this may not be the most elegant solution, it’s been allowing me to install things like Adobe AIR and DiffMerge, which don’t have 64-bit .deb packages:

First, navigate to the location of the .deb folder.

Once there do the following:
1) Make a tmp directory to hold the package
$ mkdir tmp

2) Extract the .deb package into the tmp directory
$ dpkg-deb -x package.deb tmp

3) Extract the control files
$ dpkg-deb –control package.deb tmp/DEBIAN

4) Change the Architecture parameter from “i386″ to “all”
$ sed -i “s/i386/all/” tmp/DEBIAN/control

5) Repackage the .deb into your new 64-bit version
$ dpkg -b tmp package_64.deb

6) Install the new 64-bit .deb version 🙂
$ sudo dpkg -i package_64.deb

I’m not going to say this will work for EVERY package b/c you are essentially faking out the installer to think your system is supported. You may run into some application errors due to this, however, I have experienced none as of yet.

Adapted from jamesward.com

Posted by Chris Klosowski

Chris Klosowski is the Director of Technology at Sandhills Development, LLC, creators of fine WordPress plugins, and ecommerce solutions.

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