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

On Tue, 2004-06-15 at 18:17 -0500, Chris Cheney wrote:

> This is not an issue of just marketing, all documentation referred to by
> the other os/dists (besides Fedora) call its amd64. The only os/dists
> that call it x86_64 are ones running a particular version of rpm as you
> have clearly stated before. Even the LSB calls it amd64 everywhere and
> only requires that compliant dists be able to install x86_64 lsb rpms.
> Also, as you have already made clear Debian can't realistically use
> x86_64 and since no one else uses x86-64 the clear winner here is amd64.
As discussed, if x86_64 is not acceptable then I feel x86-64 is close
enough.  If we're going to change it entirely we may as well use the
"fred" name that #debian-devel have all agreed on :o)

> 1. GNU refers to both x86_64-*-* and amd64-*-*
Where?  The *only* amd64 reference in config.guess is for OpenBSD.
config.sub explicitly changes "amd64" to "x86_64"

descent scott% grep -i -A1 amd64 /usr/share/misc/config.*
/usr/share/misc/config.guess:    amd64:OpenBSD:*:*)
/usr/share/misc/config.guess-   echo x86_64-unknown-openbsd${UNAME_RELEASE}
/usr/share/misc/config.sub:     amd64)
/usr/share/misc/config.sub-             basic_machine=x86_64-pc
/usr/share/misc/config.sub:     amd64-*)
/usr/share/misc/config.sub-             basic_machine=x86_64-`echo $basic_machine | sed 's/^[^-]*-//'`

> "I believe that naming the architecture "amd64" when the Kernel and
> Toolchain they're using calls it "x86_64" is even more confusing!
> *Especially* for people using Intel chips."
> As mentioned above the toolchain uses both naming, x86_64-*-* and
> amd64-*-*.
No it doesn't, not on Linux.

> The "kernel" being only the Linux kernel using x86_64 and the
> other kernels, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD all using amd64. So that's 3:1
> in favor of using amd64 for the name. Unless we are going to have
> different names for the arch for the different debian ports?
We have that situation already.

Have you ever, ever felt like this?
Had strange things happen?  Are you going round the twist?

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