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SubjectRe: i686 quirk for AMD Geode
> I'm surprised that "i686" in debian depends on the family flag
> in /proc/cpuinfo.. but hey.. weirder things have been done.

Its compensating for the old gcc bugs where gcc "i686" generated cmov
instructions without any checks whether the CPU supported cmov (which is
optional for a 686 architecture)

RPM has (or had) similar hacks. Both arguably come about from fundamental
design thinkos in that they treat architecture as "special", not simply
as a set of dependancies (needs x86, x86-cmov, glibc x86-32, ...) as
should hve been done and which would also have made emulators just work
out of the box instead of the current mess.

Alan


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