i386 vs. amd64

Joseph A. Nagy, Jr jnagyjr1978 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 18 14:14:12 UTC 2012

On 12/18/12 00:13, Erich Dollansky wrote:
> Hi,
> wasn't the same question here a few days ago?
> On Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:16:36 -0500
> Aryeh Friedman <aryeh.friedman at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Ever since 8.X (my system is now 9.1-RC3 [done via csup]) been using
>> i386 with the following main ports:

Let me chime in where Erich couldn't answer as I recently made the 
switch to amd64 myself.

>> x11-wm/xfce4
> yes.
>> www/firefox
> Yes.
>> www/linux-f10-flashplugin11


>> editors/libreoffice
> Yes.
>> www/tomcat-7
>> www/apace22
> Typo? Apache 2.2 runs.
>> devel/aegis (I am the maintainer)
>> devel/fhist
>> devel/cook
>> java/openjdk6


>> So I have the following questions:
>> 1. Will all the above ports (and their dependencies) work on amd64?
> I gave you the answer if I knew one. I general, I do not have problems
> which are linked to 32 or 64 bits.

I've had no problems either, and I am in the middle of a devel/pcre 
rebuilding (over 200 ports).

>> 2. Is there any way to do a in place switch to amd64 or do I need to
>> rebuild the system from the ground up?
> To my knowledge, it is still a fresh installation. Just download an
> image and start from there.

I think the handbook gives directions for an in-place switch, but it 
(and many, many others) suggest a fresh install, which is what I went 
with (I had other reasons as well).

>> 3. In general is amd64 now as capable of handling ports and such as
>> well as i386 does?
> I saw that some ports I used to use on i386 went 100% smooth on amd64.
> I believe that this has improved even further.
> Just make the jump.

I agree, I've had no problems related to the arch since I switched and 
would 100% recommend it for anyone considering it.

Yours in Christ,

Joseph A Nagy Jr
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