ABI/architecture identification for packages

Alexander Yerenkow yerenkow at gmail.com
Tue Mar 20 10:40:36 UTC 2012

32 / 64  = easily parsable and represent integer.

i386/amd64 - wellknown names, but this info about processor bits not lies
in math.
My point is i386 is arch, so can be kept, while 32 is processor bit count.
If you'll keep 32/64 various checks in side software will be simple (if you
have 32 bit processor, then this info is bundled in "32"),
while if you consider using "i386" string as storage of information about
"32" bit, it not so elegant.
Also, linuxes has come to i386- i586- i686- mess, and many their scripts
looks overbloated when they checks if system really 32 bit.

Just my point of view :)

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