i386 do not support i386

Frank J. Laszlo laszlof at vonostingroup.com
Fri Nov 25 00:25:15 GMT 2005

Christer Hermansson wrote:

> Christer Hermansson wrote:
>> Hi.
>> FreeBSD 6.0R don't support 386 processors according to the release 
>> notes, maybe it's time to change the name of the i386 platform to the 
>> x86 platform.
>> Not very important issue for me but it feels little strange to have a 
>> i386 platform that don't support/work on i386 processors.
>> http://www.freebsd.org/releases/6.0R/relnotes-i386.html#KERNEL
>> "Support for 80386 processors (the I386_CPU kernel configuration 
>> option) has been removed. Users running this class of CPU should use 
>> FreeBSD 5./X/ or earlier."
>> Christer Hermansson
> It's a lot of names around us, not only in the computer world, that 
> has become less suitable during the time because of progress and other 
> things, but still is in use because of different factors.
> I missed to write in my first mail that I also have the feeling (maybe 
> I'm wrong) that "x86" is more recognized / common in the media nowadays.
> However in this case maybe it's best to keep "i386" because a lot of 
> things depends on this name and it would be a lot of work/problems to 
> change it.
> This was just one thought I had but it seems to be a bad one.
> Best regards Christer Hermansson
I totally agree with you, x86 is a much more recognized representation. 
I'd just hate to be the one having to do all the code modifications to 
"Make it Work(tm)"

find /usr/src /usr/ports -type f | xargs sed -i '.bak' "s/i386/x86/g"

Only in a perfect "world" right? :)


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