Is FreeBSD i386 64bit?

Erik Trulsson ertr1013 at
Thu Jun 26 11:18:23 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 12:56:06PM +0200, Sandra Kachelmann wrote:
> Coming from the Linux world I am pretty new to FreeBSD, please bare with me.
> I find the FreeBSD handbook pretty useful and I just managed to update
> 7.0-RELEASE to 7-STABLE from source. I have an Intel core4quad CPU and was
> wondering if I now have a 64bit FreeBSD. I am a bit confused because from
> /usr/src/sys/ I only see the directories amd64, ia64 and sparc64 with the
> number 64 in it.

FreeBSD i386 is 32-bit.  For 64-bit you will want the amd64 variant. (Yes,
it will work on Intel's 64-bit x86 CPUs as well.  It is called amd64 because
AMD defined the architecture and thus got to name it, and then Intel copied it.)

> Another question, is setting CPUTYPE advised or discouraged?

Generally discouraged.

> I am aware
> about problems if you mix binaries built with different CPU flags; not a
> problem for me because coming from Gentoo I am used to build everything
> myself.

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Erik Trulsson
ertr1013 at

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