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SubjectRe: [PATCH] cpu detection fixes for test10-pre4
Horst von Brand wrote:
>
> "H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@transmeta.com>said:
> > Alan Cox wrote:
>
> [...]
>
> > > > We should never have used anything but "i386" as the utsname... sigh.
>
> > > Its questionable if we should include the 'i'
>
> > True enough, personally I prefer "x86".
>
> ia32 is the official name. OTOH, i[3-6]86 _are_ different beasts...
>

IA32 is a retcon, and is used only by Intel anyway. There are
differences between the i686 lines that are significantly bigger than
between the i486 and i586, and that doesn't even begin to count non-Intel
chips.

However, changing it to "i386" consistently would still work with
existing software. Using "x86" or "ia32" or "ix86pc" (what Solaris calls
it) would break stuff.

-hpa

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