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I am running AMD64 Debian. I need to install software from external vendor which supports i386 architecture only.

While I can add their repository to sources.list, those i386 packages do not appear in package list and thus aptitude does not resolve dependencies.

Is there a way how to force i386 packages to appear in the list on AMD64 system?

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Even if you could get the packages to install, it is likely that they won't work right.

What you may have to do is build a x86 chroot, and then run the application in the chroot. Here is an article that describes doing this, though you probably should use stable release and not sid, like the article suggests.

Also see:

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This is the defining use case for Debian multiarch. Unfortunately squeeze isnt there yet, but the future looks bright.

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