7.2. Software Development

A biarch development toolchain allows generatation of 32-bit and 64-bit objects. The default is to compile 64-bit objects. It is possible to generate 32-bit objects by using special flags. For GCC, this special flag is -m32.

All header files must be written in an architecture-independent form. The installed 32-bit and 64-bit libraries must have an API (application programming interface) that matches the installed header files. The normal SUSE environment is designed according to this principle. In the case of manually updated libraries, resolve these issues yourself.