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Bug#254598: Name of the Debian x86-64/AMD64 port

On Tue, 15 Jun 2004, Scott James Remnant wrote:

>     "May the dpkg and/or apt maintainers select the name of an
>      architecture?"

I'd say no to this. Historically the apt/dpkg folk have never done that,
primarily because they have no interest in the architecture name, it is
just a value in a table.

>     "What name for the x86-64/AMD64 architecture should be used?"

Mmm, tricky.

I personally like the x86?64 variety. I can't see any reason to use amd64,
especially since userland binaries built for amd64 will work on ia32e. I
think the choice of amd64 made some sense before the Intel announcement,
but I think it sill would have been better to align with the kernel/gcc. 
Now it makes very little sense and we should ditch it while we still can. 

It would be terribly nice to be able to use the LSB mandated x86_64 as the
arch name - simply because it is LSB. I'm not sure of the implications of
extra _'s in filenames though. AFAIK nothing should actually be parsing
the filenames like this so it might be ok.


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