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On my x86_64 12.10 system, when I try to

apt-get install libssl-dev:i386

apt wants to remove a bunch of things:

The following packages will be REMOVED:
  build-essential dkms g++ g++-multilib gcc gcc-multilib hardening-wrapper nvidia-current
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libc6-dev:i386 libssl-dev:i386 linux-libc-dev:i386 zlib1g-dev:i386

Why does this happen? How can I install libssl-dev:i386 without losing gcc?

I noticed that libssl-dev and libssl-dev:i386 have no "Multiarch" field reported by apt-cache show, which I think means they cannot coexist. ( https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MultiarchSpec )

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libssl is not multiarch compatible at the moment.

See: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=689093

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