RPM packages: Athlon vs i686 vs i386

Don Dixon fedora-list at macrologic.com
Mon Mar 8 03:23:43 UTC 2004

This link explains it from a 2.6 perspective, but in the FC1 updates 
directory, there exists an kernel-2.4.22-1.2174.nptl.athlon.rpm and a 
kernel-2.4.22-1.2174.nptl.i686.rpm.  So which should be applied (keeping 
in mind what I mentioned earlier)?

Don Dixon
fedora-list_me_no_like_spam at macrologic.com

Christopher K. Johnson wrote:

> Don Dixon wrote:
>> Greetings,
>> I recently submitted what I thought was a bug to bubzilla concerning CPU
>> detection and FC1.  The bugzilla number is 116941 if anyone is
>> interested in reading in detail.  The basic problem is that I have an
>> Athlon XP 1600+ CPU, yet when I boot to the CLI, it says:
>> Fedora Core release 1 (Yarrow)
>> Kernel 2.4.22-1.2174.nptl on an i686
>> This exact same hardware, until recently was running RH7.3 and it booted
>> to the CLI identifying itself as athlon.  That was the reason I thought
>> it was a bug.  On bugzilla, the report has been closed with:
>> "athlon is always a i686 for the kernel"
>> So, what I am now wondering about is updates.  I need to know which 
>> level of RPM packages to
>> load.  For instance with kernels, would I choose 
>> kernel-2.4.22-1.2174.nptl.athlon.rpm or
>> kernel-2.4.22-1.2174.nptl.i686.rpm?  And with glibc, do I choose 
>> glibc-2.3.2-101.4.i686.rpm
>> or glibc-2.3.2-101.4.i386.rpm.
>> Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
>> Don
>> fedora-list_me_no_like_spam at macrologic.com
> Not a problem.  See http://people.redhat.com/%7Earjanv/2.6/readme.txt
> which includes this note:
> "I no longer build athlon kernels because in theory the 2.6 kernel now 
> has a
> mechanism to automatically runtime patch in these optimisations during 
> boot"
> Chris

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