[RFC] what to name linux 32-bit compat

David O'Brien obrien at freebsd.org
Mon Jan 17 12:38:19 PST 2005

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/usr/ports Linux 32-bit compatibility on AMD64 is a mess and too rough
for what is expected of FreeBSD.  Anyway...

We need to decide how to have both Linux i686 and Linux amd64 compat
support live side-by-side.  At the moment my leanings are for
/compat/linux32 and /compat/linux.  We could also go with /compat/linux
and /compat/linux64 <- taking a page from the Linux LSB naming convention
(ie, they have lib and lib64).

Linux 32-bit support is most interesting -- that is how we get Acrobat
reader and some other binary-only ports.  The only Linux 64-bit things we
might want to run that truly matter 32-bit vs. 64-bit is Oracle and
IBM-DB2.  For other applications 32-bit vs. 64-bit is mostly a "Just
Because Its There(tm)" thing.  So making Linux 32-bit support the
cleanest looking from a /usr/ports POV has some merit.

What do others think?

-- David  (obrien at FreeBSD.org)

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