Re: RFC: Policy for arch specs
email@example.com (Galen Hazelwood) wrote on 31.05.97 in <3390AE45.66062BB5@micron.net>:
> Christian Schwarz wrote:
> > On Thu, 29 May 1997, Galen Hazelwood wrote:
> > > (Don't ask me what the historical reasons are, though. I might start to
> > > whimper...)
> > Sorry, but I couldn't resist :-) What are the reasons?
> I don't know. That's why I whimper...
> > If we make this policy, we should have some real arguments for it! Since
> > we use "i386" in all our file names and since Debian actually runs on
> > 386SX and higher I don't see why we should label this "i486".
> Perhaps. Anybody have any serious arguments? I think the reason we
> configure gcc as i486 is so it automatically optimizes for the 486; it's
> a good middle ground.
That may be the reason that Linux gcc is usually configured that way.
The reason Debian does it, AFAIR, is simply to be compatible with most of
the Linux world.
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