Installing libpng12 64-bit on Debian 12 (bookworm) 64-bit gives a multiarch-support pre-dependency error when installing Stata 16

I’m trying to install Stata 16 on Debian 12 "bookworm". Stata requires libpng12, and unfortunately, the libpng in the repositories (version 16) doesn’t fulfill the dependency. I’ve downloaded the libpng12 deb package, but when I try to install it, I get this error message about multiarch support

dpkg: regarding libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb containing libpng12-0:amd64, pre-dependency problem:
 libpng12-0 pre-depends on multiarch-support
  multiarch-support is not installed.

dpkg: error processing archive libpng12-0_1.2.50-2+deb8u3_amd64.deb (--install):
 pre-dependency problem - not installing libpng12-0:amd64
Errors were encountered while processing:

Both my OS and the package are 64-bit, so I’m not sure why multiarch-support is needed here. I ran dpkg --print-architecture and it says amd64. I thought the current version of dpkg already had multiarch support.

How do I get this package installed?

Asked By: Michael A


multiarch-support was a transitional package used during the switch to multiarch library paths.

I think the best solution for you (other than getting Stata to provide a package built using a newer version of libpng) is to install a slightly newer version of libpng12-0 which doesn’t have the dependency on multiarch-support.

Answered By: Stephen Kitt
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