[packagekit] How to install a i386 rpm in a RHEL6 x86_64 using gpk-install-package-name ?

rotru at br.ibm.com rotru at br.ibm.com
Thu Nov 11 21:20:18 PST 2010

Hi all,

I have a RHEL6-64 running:


I trying to use gpk-install-package-name in a script to install some 
package dynamically from my repos which have 32 and 64 rpms.
Problem is that when I try to install a RPM that is only 32 bits the tool 
does not find the package.

Digging in the internet I found there was a requirement to install only 
newest native-arch packages:

Looking at the processes triggered when running the 
gpk-install-package-name I see "someone" runs:
     - /usr/bin/python /usr/share/PackageKit/helpers/yum/yumBackend.py 
resolve newest;arch MYPACKAGE
that does not find MYPACKAGE.i386.
But, it finds if I run like:
     - /usr/bin/python /usr/share/PackageKit/helpers/yum/yumBackend.py 
resolve newest;i386 MYPACKAGE

So, I wonder if there is a way that allows me to install the 32 bits 
packages using the gpk-install-package-name on a 64 machine.
Maybe I have missed something, but I searched in the sources and did not 
find any parameter to pass or option to set somewhere.

Thanks in advance. 


Rodrigo Trujillo
Software Engineer
Linux Technology Center - Brasil
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