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Author Topic: i486, i686 etc  (Read 1433 times)
joec
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« on: June 20, 2007, 11:29:29 am »

what does  "i486" stand for?
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M0E-lnx
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2007, 11:40:14 am »

That would be the system architecture
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2007, 12:54:01 pm »

Suspect the "i" is for Intel (or compatible, like AMD), 486 = 80486, 586 = Pentium 1, 686 = Pentium II or higher.
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joec
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2007, 02:10:22 pm »

so in looking for packages it is important to match this # in the package to whatever cgip you might have?
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2007, 02:40:36 pm »

Vector packages are usually built with the "CFLAGS" -march=i586 -mtune=i686 (and -O2 but that doesn't really matter now) : This means the compiler must make code that is compatible with i586 processors, but tuned for use on i686 machines.

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in looking for packages it is important to match this # in the package to whatever cgip you might have?
Generally a package with either i386, i486, i586 and i686 should work on VL. For optimization an i686 package MIGHT perform slightly better. You'll get in trouble when you try to use packages that were built for powerpc or 64 bit systems, but you won't find such packages in either the slackware or the VL repositories.
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