ELF32 (i386) binaries on amd64 -- any forecast?

Conrad J. Sabatier conrads at cox.net
Fri Jul 23 16:51:53 PDT 2004

While attempting to run binaries compiled on my old 32-bit Athlon box
for i386 FreeBSD, I ran head-on, of course, into the problem of having
no loader for ELF32 on amd64.  Is there currently any work in progress
on this?  Will we eventually see full "COMPAT32" support come to pass?

What is the intended functionality of the "COMPAT_IA32" option, and how
does one use it, exactly?  Is it actually functional at present?

This would be such an enormously useful capability to have, I'm sure
I'm not the only one with more than a passing interest.

Thanks for any info.

Conrad J. Sabatier <conrads at cox.net> -- "In Unix veritas"

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