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Date:	Tue, 30 Oct 2007 18:11:45 -0700
From:	"H. Peter Anvin" <>
To:	Jeremy Fitzhardinge <>
CC:	Christoph Hellwig <>,
	Dave Jones <>,
	Linux Kernel <>,
	Sam Ravnborg <>
Subject: Re: 32bit builds on x86-64 host.

Jeremy Fitzhardinge wrote:
> Christoph Hellwig wrote:
>> Which seems rather unnatural to me.  All other merge architectures have
>> ARCH=<archdir> where archdir is the name under arch, e.g. mips, powerpc,
>> s390.  They then have a CONFIG_FOO_64 and set the utsname and -m32/-m64
>> respectively.  It would be nice if x86 could behave like all other
>> architectures in this respect.  Especially as the behaviour of the other
>> architectures is a lot more intuitive.
> Yes, that would be nice.  I keep forgetting the ARCH= in my crossbuild
> trees, and end up with strange mismashes.

That, however, is a bigger problem that also affects, for example, 
compiling for MIPS on an x86 host.  I believe Sam is working on a 
solution for that.

(That doesn't mean that is not the right thing to do.)

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