[RFC] what to name linux 32-bit compat

João Carlos Mendes Luís jonny at jonny.eng.br
Tue Jan 18 12:12:57 PST 2005

Astrodog wrote:
> On Tue, 18 Jan 2005 08:36:13 +0100, Andreas Klemm <andreas at freebsd.org> wrote:
>>On Mon, Jan 17, 2005 at 09:46:17PM -0500, John Baldwin wrote:
>>>Personally, I think /compat/linux32 and /compat/linux (for linux64) would be
>>>the best way to go.  The idea being that /compat/linux runs native binaries
>>>on any given arch, and if there's more than one arch supported, the
>>>non-native ones get the funky names.
>>Am not 100% sure but it might be a win to re-think this for port
>>It might be beneficial not to use such "implicit" rules for naming
>>like your suggestion for taking /compat/linux as native arch.
>>I would perhaps name /compat/linux32 and /compat/linux64 explicitely,
>>which might be a win and is IMHO not too expensive.
>>Uname should IMHO get a new switch to print out default architecture
>>of being 32 or 64 bit.
>>So together with uname and the above naming scheme you have all you need
>>and is compareable to what we already have (concerning uname) for
>>cpu architecture.
>>Do perhaps other BSD teams have added an mechanism like that or
>>do they get 32/4 bit out of /proc ?
>>Best regards
>>       Andreas ///
> Not sure if it got lost, so I'm gonna summarize what I said earlier,
> Why not have /compat/linux32, and /compat/linux64 (For things that
> require one or the other), then just have /compat/linux linked to the
> native setup for the machine? That gives the ease of /compat/linux for
> the native stuff, without causing the problems Andreas pointed out.

     Thats exactly what I was going to write now.  Symlink is the solution!

> Also allows people with "clean" 64-bit friendly code to just use
> /compat/linux on AMD64 or i386, and have things work in whatever way
> is native to the machine.
> This could also be extended to other archs, if that ever becomes an
> issue. (linuxppc, linuxsparc64, whatever), with linux still pointing
> to native.

João Carlos Mendes Luís

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