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I have a Compaq laptop with an Intel T2370 CPU, which is 64-bit. Most of my applications are installed from the amd64 packages. I installed WINE1.4 yesterday using Software Manager in Linux Mint 13 64-bit w/MATE. Software Manager installed the following packages:

  • wine1.4
  • wine1.4-amd64
  • wine-gecko1.4:i386

There is a wine-gecko1.4:amd64 in the repository. Why would Software Manager install the i386 front end when an amd64 version is available?

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syntax error in my question: Every reference to AMD64 should be amd64. Habit caused me to capitalize the acronym. Oh, and I don't need the 64-bit memory addressing. I have 4GB RAM. – OCDtech Jan 23 '13 at 13:54
The answer is obvious the process you are running is 32-bit. BGoth 32-bit and 64-bit packages of Wine was installed because that is how the Software Manager is designed. The solution is to install it without using the manager. – Ramhound Feb 19 '13 at 17:38
Only the 64-bit package of Wine was installed. "wine1.4-i386" exists in the repositories as well, but was not installed. I definitely got a mix, not both. – OCDtech Feb 20 '13 at 22:17
I uninstalled all WINE related packages then used apt-get to install, but the result was the same. – OCDtech Feb 20 '13 at 22:19

The last time I checked, the amd64 build of Wine ran 64-bit Windows binaries, while the i386 build ran 32-bit Windows binaries. Since the vast majority of Windows programs are still 32-bit (even today!) you do want the capability to run them.

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