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Re: AMD64 Status Update -- And Future Directions

On Thu, 12 Feb 2004, John Goerzen wrote:

> That makes lots of sense to me.  There is little to multiarch that is
> AMD64-specific.

Well, the big difference is that all of the other 'multiarch'able ports
have started with the 'preferred' ABI, and so all of the libraries live in
/lib, etc.  On AMD64, people want to start with the 'non-preferred' ABI
(this is just using the terminology of the Linux Filesystem Standard)
which means that an AMD64 port has more trouble separating itself from

[Just to be concrete: the 'mips' port of Debian compiles everything to the
32-bit mips ABI, even on machines which support the 64-bit ISA.  So all
the MIPS libraries live in /lib, and the filesystem standard is happy.]

This is not to say that separating the projects doesn't make sense.  Just
that the amd64 port will likely remain more tightly tied to the
decisions of the multiarch project than the others.

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