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I was trying to get a 32 bit program working on 64-bit 11.10 and followed some stuff I found online that involved installing the 32-bit libraries. I did that and now everything is messed up. None of the applications work anymore except the file browser. Is there anyway to fix this?

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Could you indicate how you installed your program? In particular, if you downloaded it from a website, could you give a link? Are you sure this is the only action you did between the moment your computer worked and the moment it didn't any more? –  Agmenor Dec 30 '11 at 20:42
Yeah all I did was enter in the terminal the command to get and install the ia32 libraries. –  af280 Dec 30 '11 at 20:46
1. Which apps? 2. If you go to CTRL-ALT-F1 and try to log in what happens? 3. If you are able to login using #2 can you run ldd on any of the binaries you were trying to run and post the output? 4. If you are able to login on the command shell can you do sudo apt-get remove ia32-libraries? –  Karlson Dec 30 '11 at 21:03
Installing ia32-libs won't break your system. Please post the contents of /var/log/apt/history.log on paste.ubuntu.com and include a link in your question. –  Lekensteyn Dec 30 '11 at 21:04
Note that Ubuntu 11.10 has multi-arch support, meaning it's able to install both amd64 and i386 packages side-by-side, and thus in theory no longer requires the ia32-libs workaround. You can just install an i386 package and it should pull in the right dependencies. Unfortunately, a lot of third-party software has ia32-libs as a dependency so it's a catch-22. Encourage the application's vendor to remove this dependency and the package should still install fine. –  roadmr Dec 30 '11 at 21:39

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