Re: /usr/lib64?? (was: Re: [xml] Patch: installing Python into actual site-packages)

On Tue, 13 May 2003, Sean Middleditch wrote:

On Tue, 2003-05-13 at 19:37, Sean Chittenden wrote:

Libraries for the native OS _should_ reside in /usr/lib.  Libraries
for non-native binaries _should_ exist in either /usr/compat/[arch] or
/usr/local/compat/[arch], where arch == freebsd_amd64, freebsd_ia64,
linux_ia32, etc.

x86/IA32 binaries _are_ native to AMD64.  /usr/compat is the wrong

It would be slightly more correct to say that x86-64 provides hardware
emulation for a subset of ia32. Consider vm86 for example. So do really
also IA64 (aka itanium) processors, ia32 support in it is a hardware
feature and part of the architecture definition. By this logic, the
default should also be 32bit ia32 libs in $prefix/lib on ia64 aswell. 

There is no valid reason to think x86-64 processors will not run ia32 code
at a considerably slower speed than x86-64 code in 5 years time as a
combination of compilers and the larger scope of OoO possible.

Sean Middleditch <elanthis awesomeplay com>
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