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uname -m tells me the hardware type of the machine. Is this determined while 
booting or is this the architecture I choose during 'make config'?

Can't I run a i386 kernel on a ia64 machine? I know something like this from HP-
UX. You can choose between a 32 and a 64 bit kernel when installing, so knowing
that you have a 64 bit capable machine does not say that you have a 64 bit
kernel.
And I want to have the kernel bits, not the processor bits.


Matti Aarnio <matti.aarnio@zmailer.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 22, 2000 at 09:25:46AM +0100, 64738 wrote:
> > Is there a syscall or something that can tell me whether I'm working
> on a 32-
> > or a 64-bit kernel?
>
> uname(2)
>
> It gives out various strings from which you must then deduce,
> what kind of kernel is needed to run at what kind of machine.
>
> And even though the machine is running with 64-bit kernel
> (e.g. alpha/sparc64/mips64/ia64), your userspace code might
> be running in 32-bit mode.
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