Running 32bit software and the Linux Journal Archive on 64bit Debian 10 Buster

Recently I was trying to read the offline Linux Journal 2018 archive.

This are a set of files and local webserver which are meant to run on your machine to search and read past issues of the magazine as a website.

This software is executed by running an script, however, when running this script the FlyingAnt webserver didn’t execute. By researching this issue I discovered that this file was a 32bit binary and I needed to configure my Debian 10 system to run a 32bit executable.

This are the steps I executed to make this possible.

To run 32bit software on Debian 10 Buster Linux distribution you must first:

These steps will allow you to run 32bit software on your Debian 10 64bit distribution.


As superuser, add the i386 architecture to package management.

dpkg --add-architecture i386

As superuser, update the package list.

apt update

As superuser, install libc6-i386 package

apt install libc6-i386


Now I can run the LJ archive with the search feature.

Originally published at on July 21, 2020.

Jr. Software Developer and Computer Engineering graduate. Writes technology notes and poetry.