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    Subject[PATCH] Fix corruption of CONFIG_X86_32 in 'make oldconfig'
    I wasted a bunch of time today because I'd taken a .config from my test
    machine and tried to build it, and the existing setting of CONFIG_X86_32
    got corrupted.

    This patch fixes that. Last time I tried to fix this bug, I had to
    contend with Ingo's objection that he didn't actually want 'make
    randconfig' to give him a random config... so this is a variant of the
    patch which lets him use 'make ARCH=i386 randconfig' and 'make
    ARCH=x86_64 randconfig' to get not-entirely-random configurations.

    I still maintain that if you actually want a non-random 'randconfig',
    perhaps because you want it to be bootable on certain test machines,
    then you're going to need to hard-code a whole lot more than *one*
    config option — and you'd be better off coming up with a proper
    mechanism to do *that* instead of preserving the old 'ARCH=i386' and
    'ARCH=x86_64' as a dirty hack to achieve it only for the CONFIG_X86_32

    Signed-off-by: David Woodhouse <>
    Same patch as in

    diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
    index 123d858..7b3b7c5 100644
    --- a/Makefile
    +++ b/Makefile
    @@ -165,7 +165,8 @@ export srctree objtree VPATH
    # then ARCH is assigned, getting whatever value it gets normally, and
    # SUBARCH is subsequently ignored.

    -SUBARCH := $(shell uname -m | sed -e s/i.86/i386/ -e s/sun4u/sparc64/ \
    +SUBARCH := $(shell uname -m | sed -e s/i.86/x86/ -e s/x86_64/x86/ \
    + -e s/sun4u/sparc64/ \
    -e s/arm.*/arm/ -e s/sa110/arm/ \
    -e s/s390x/s390/ -e s/parisc64/parisc/ \
    -e s/ppc.*/powerpc/ -e s/mips.*/mips/ \
    diff --git a/arch/x86/Kconfig b/arch/x86/Kconfig
    index cc6c53a..1f206b0 100644
    --- a/arch/x86/Kconfig
    +++ b/arch/x86/Kconfig
    @@ -1,7 +1,7 @@
    # Select 32 or 64 bit
    config 64BIT
    bool "64-bit kernel" if ARCH = "x86"
    - default ARCH = "x86_64"
    + default ARCH != "i386"
    Say yes to build a 64-bit kernel - formerly known as x86_64
    Say no to build a 32-bit kernel - formerly known as i386
    diff --git a/arch/x86/Makefile b/arch/x86/Makefile
    index b02e509..94c2d8c 100644
    --- a/arch/x86/Makefile
    +++ b/arch/x86/Makefile
    @@ -2,7 +2,11 @@

    # select defconfig based on actual architecture
    ifeq ($(ARCH),x86)
    + ifeq ($(shell uname -m),x86_64)
    + KBUILD_DEFCONFIG := x86_64_defconfig
    + else
    KBUILD_DEFCONFIG := i386_defconfig
    + endif
    KBUILD_DEFCONFIG := $(ARCH)_defconfig
    David Woodhouse Open Source Technology Centre Intel Corporation

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