kern/77355: Detect i*86 subarches for uname

Robert Millan rmh at
Fri Feb 11 00:40:19 PST 2005

The following reply was made to PR kern/77355; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Robert Millan <rmh at>
To: Kris Kennaway <kris at>
Cc: FreeBSD-gnats-submit at
Subject: Re: kern/77355: Detect i*86 subarches for uname
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 09:30:35 +0100

 On Thu, Feb 10, 2005 at 03:08:26PM -0800, Kris Kennaway wrote:
 > > >Description:
 > > This patch enables the kernel of FreeBSD to give output of i*86 subarches
 > > in the uname kernel call.  As a result, `uname -m' may print "i686", etc
 > > instead of always "i386".
 > Why?  Sounds like it could break a lot of stuff.
 With this change, the config.guess triplet becomes i686-unknown-freebsd5.3
 (or whatever suitable).  Some programs detect this and use it for optimisation.
  .''`.   Proudly running Debian GNU/kFreeBSD unstable/unreleased (on UFS2+S)
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