meaning of i386?

Tom Callaway tcallawa at
Thu May 10 16:59:46 UTC 2012

On 05/10/2012 12:51 PM, Kevin Fenzi wrote:
> On Thu, 10 May 2012 11:44:44 -0500
> Matyas Selmeci <matyas at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm wondering about the meaning of the arch i386. Is it just a label,
>> or are i386 packages still compiled to only use instructions that a
>> 386 had? And if the latter, how come?
> In any place I can think of you seeing this in current Fedora, it means
> "32 bit". 

Also, from an rpm target sense, it means "optimized to i386 only
instructions", which is why you will see our current Fedora RPMs say



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