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Template:Build Documentation 64bit


Advanced users can create 64bit instead of 32bit builds.

If you are interested, click on Expand on the right.

64bit builds are less tested due to lack of developer manpower. Should work well in principle.

Note, you cannot build 64 bit if you are running a 32 bit kernel. [1] In that case, try installing the packages linux-image-amd64 and linux-headers-amd64. Then boot that amd64 kernel by choosing it in your boot menu. (This does not require re-installation of the whole system. Just make sure you boot with an amd64 kernel.)

By default, Linux 32 bit is used and linux-image-686-pae linux-headers-686-pae linux-image-486 linux-headers-486 kernel is installed. The 486 kernel only gets installed for compatibility reasons. If you have modern hardware, you can omit it. Or if you have ancient hardware, you could ommit the 686 kernel. This can be changed using any of the following command line parameters.

Linux 64 bit. Less tested. Only installs linux-image-amd64 linux-headers-amd64 kernel. [2]

--arch amd64

Linux 32 bit. Only installs linux-image-686-pae linux-headers-686-pae kernel. Does not install linux-image-486 linux-headers-486 kernel.

--arch i386

Linux 32 bit. Only installs linux-image-486 linux-headers-486 kernel. Does not install linux-image-686-pae linux-headers-686-pae kernel.

--kernel linux-image-amd64 --headers linux-headers-amd64

You could also combine --arch with --kernel and --headers.

kFreeBSD. entirely untested and most likely needs work. Lacks --kernel and --headers.

kFreeBSD 64 bit.

--arch kfreebsd-i386

kFreeBSD 32 bit.

--arch kfreebsd-amd64

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  1. https://github.com/grml/grml-debootstrap/pull/13
  2. For --arch amd64, the following is implicitly added unless you manually set these.
    --kernel linux-image-amd64 --headers linux-headers-amd64