Where did lib64 directories come from

Steven Ringwald ringwas at acm.org
Fri Jun 8 04:39:24 UTC 2007

On 6/7/07, Shams <shams at orcon.net.nz> wrote:
> Hi,
> I noticed that Fedora has both /usr/lib and /usr/lib64
> Is this only on Fedora or standard across many Linux distros?
> Why is this needed, I mean why not just have /usr/lib?

Sounds like you installed the 64 bit version of Fedora. This is standard, as
64 and 32 bit binaries need their own versions of the shared libraries.
Windows XP 64 does something similar. There is a "Program Files" and
"Program Files (x68)" directories.

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