FreeBSD/amd64: is Linux 32-bit or 64-bit?

O. Hartmann ohartman at
Sun Dec 11 11:59:24 PST 2005

Torfinn Ingolfsen wrote:

>No, really, this is NOT a trick question.
>I run FreeBSD/amd64 on one of my machines. As usual, I have installed
>the linuxulator and the linux_base-8 port.
>While doing some crazy tricks in my neverending quest to get a
>working Java browser plugin for my amd64 machine, I thought about the
>linuxulator and the linux_base-8 port.
>Since the platform OS is 64-bit, I assumed that the Linuxulator and the
>linux_base-8 port also was 64-bit.
>However, I'm not so sure anymore:
>root at kg-quiet# uname -a
>FreeBSD 6.0-STABLE FreeBSD 6.0-STABLE #0: Thu Dec  8
>00:56:05 CET 2005     root at 
>root at kg-quiet# /compat/linux/bin/uname -a
>Linux 2.4.2 FreeBSD 6.0-STABLE #0: Thu Dec  8 00:56:05
>CET 2005 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
>This last part seems to say that linux on this machine is 32-bit?
>What is the correct answer?
Dear Torfinn.
Since summer this year I try compiling a working 64-bit capable JAVA
environment! I had never luck with FBSD 6.0-RELEASE, but with one of the
following 6.0-STABLEs. No clue why. These days I did a portupgrade and
my jdk15 died again, impossible to compile it again. Installing
Linuxulator and linux-jdk14 for bootstrapping purposes works fine, but
jdk15 dies: some java vm errors occur. No chance.

JAVA is very important these days and the lack of a working java
environment is harsh.

Can you offer us your errors and failures?


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