Libvirt-bin missing?

I am trying to install libvirt-bin

Does this error mean I cannot install libvirt-bin on PureOS because it is i386??

  root@sherab-pureos:~# sudo apt-get install libvirt-bin
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    Package libvirt-bin is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source
    However the following packages replace it:
      libvirt-daemon-system libvirt-dev:i386
      libvirt-daemon-system:i386 libvirt-clients:i386
      libvirt-dev libvirt-clients

    E: Package 'libvirt-bin' has no installation candidate

I haven’t tried installing i383 on PureOS, but from what I’ve seen, yes, PureOS doesn’t support it by default, so that is likely the issue

As far as i know libvirt-bin was split into two parts in Debian, libvirt-daemon-system libvirt-clients if you need this as dependency you’ll have to do some workaround.

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well I have no clue how to creat a work around.
Do you?
Is it possible at all?

If you’ve got a .deb file you can ask dpkg to install it ignoring some dependency:
sudo dpkg --ignore-depends=libvirt-bin -i yourdebfile.deb
then you have to edit (copy it first in case something goes wrong) /var/lib/dpkg/status file and remove the dependency from it to avoid any complain about that and cross your fingers.

Other option is to edit the source code or ask to the developers to fix it.

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Thank you.
I think this might be above my capabilities.
I’ll try it when i have a lot of time to mess things up…
cheers for your help


why do you need to install the :i386 packages? They don’t show up if I do sudo apt install libvirt-bin, so it is probably ok to just do sudo apt install libvirt-daemon-system libvirt-dev libvirt-clients and you should be good.

I have it installed like this on my Librem15…

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Hi @Stefan_E
thanks - I am a newbee in all things linux but my reading of the message I pasted at the top of was that I needed i386 libraries.

thank you for your explanation