John Paul Adrian Glaubitz glaubitz at physik.fu-berlin.de
Mon Mar 26 17:44:18 AEDT 2018

Hi Linus!

On 03/26/2018 03:15 PM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> Secretly, I was hoping to kill x32, because it's not being used afaik.
FWIW, we are maintaining an x32 port in Debian and there are some people
actually using it [1]. There is one build instance running on VMWare that
I am hosting [2] and around 10800 out of 12900 source packages build fine
on x32 (12900 being the number for x86_64).

The port is mostly stable but the fact that it's a 32-bit target with a
64-bit kernel API often blows up in people's faces because they don't
expect things like a 64-bit time_t on a 32-bit system.

The port also has some issues with software unaware of the x32 and builds
fail when they just test for __x86_64__ but not for __ILP32__, but overall
it's usable and stable and has some performance advantages over x86_64.


> [1] http://debian-x32.org/
> [2] https://buildd.debian.org/status/architecture.php?a=x32&suite=sid

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