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Re: [Linux-ia64] PROPOSED: 32/64 bit coexistance

>>>>> "David" == David Mosberger <davidm@hpl.hp.com> writes:

>>>>> On Mon, 17 Sep 2001 10:02:14 -0600, Doug Beattie <dbb@caldera.com> said:
Doug> Your reponse is welcome and invited.  The LSB and FHS groups are
Doug> trying to better address the coexistance of 32 and 64 bit in the
Doug> 64 bit Itanium environment.

Doug> Please review the following proposal and respond to the
Doug> "lsb-spec@lists.linuxbase.org" and
Doug> "lsb-discuss@lists.linuxbase.org" mail lists.

David> When will people learn that for Linux, source compatibility is
David> just as important as binary compatibility?  For IA-64 Linux,
David> the decision was made that native libraries go into /lib etc
David> and that legacy libraries go somewhere else
David> (/usr/i386-*-linux/lib, commonly).

Not to mention that ld.so has already been fixed to handle searching
through library directories containing libraries for a different
architecture than ld.so is running on itself. Hence the whole point of
ia32 binaries being unable to cope with ia64 binaries in /lib is
completely useless.

It would have been extremely nice if the people who decided to write
this standard had started out by asking the people who did the
implementation work how the architecture really works and what
experience has been gained in these areas already.


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