What's "unknown" about i386-unknown?

Bill Moran wmoran at potentialtech.com
Tue Nov 20 09:16:10 PST 2007

In response to "Dan Mahoney, System Admin" <danm at prime.gushi.org>:

> Hey all.
> I see i386-unknown as a build target all the time.
> So my (possibly silly) question is: what's the unknown variable here?  And 
> why isn't it?

I seem to remember a conversation about this, and that the original
spec for that string required a "physical location" after the architecture.

I'm guessing that at the time it was very important to know which of
the few physical machines did the job.

If my memory is reliable, it's not that the information is "unknown", it's
just that nobody cares any more, therefore nobody bothers to enter the
physical location information.

Bill Moran

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