I can't install ia32-libs on my Debian 8 Jessie.

root@debian:~# apt-get install ia32-libs

Reading package lists... Done

Building dependency tree

Reading state information... Done

Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have

requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable

distribution that some required packages have not yet been created

or been moved out of Incoming.

The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:

ia32-libs : Depends: ia32-libs-multiarch

E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

1 Answer 1


Having both "stable" and "testing" repositories in /etc/apt/sources.list was the main reason of the problem.

  1. I removed "stable" repository URLs from the /etc/apt/sources.list.
  2. apt-get clean && apt-get auto-clean
  3. apt-get update
  4. apt-get upgrade
  5. very simple apt-get install ia32-libs

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