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Subject[PATCH v2] x86, kconfig: Pick up the .config arch version 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 changed to the host system's bitness which was

This patch fixes that. Last time I tried to fix this bug, I had
introduced a regression that broke:

make ARCH=x86_64 randconfig
make ARCH=i386 randconfig

type of filtered-randconfig behavior which restricted randconfigs to
64-bit and 32-bit configs, respectively.

This version fixes that so prior randconfig behavior is maintained,
although if a "filtered randconfig" is desired it seems like it would be
better to actually implement that properly, rather than relying on a
hack which preserves the obsolete 'ARCH=i386' and 'ARCH=x86_64' legacy
just to influence *one* of the many config options that might need to be
hard-coded if you actually want a 'randconfig' that produces a useful

Signed-off-by: David Woodhouse <>

v2: Explicitly turn off CONFIG_64BIT in i386_defconfig. The default for
CONFIG_64BIT has *changed* (from n to y) for ARCH=x86, so it needs to be
explicitly turned off or 'make i386_defconfig' will give you 64-bit :)

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
diff --git a/arch/x86/configs/i386_defconfig b/arch/x86/configs/i386_defconfig
index 6f98726..41cab70 100644
--- a/arch/x86/configs/i386_defconfig
+++ b/arch/x86/configs/i386_defconfig
@@ -1,3 +1,4 @@
+# CONFIG_64BIT is not set

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