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Old 03-05-2004, 01:03 AM   #1
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rpm files i386 vs i*86


I'm looking at some files to download and some have in the filename i386, while others have i586,i686, maybe others. I downloaded Opera and it was an i386 file. I assume that these are indicators of a type of processor, and that I might have problems running a file such as MPlayer-1.0pre3-pm.1.i586.rpm. Is this assumption correct?

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Basically it indicates the machine architecture that particular package is compiled for, its not backward compatible so if you have a 386 cpu(doubt there's many of them around though) only i386 package will work, but if you have a pentiumpro(i686) or above, all of them will work.

Generally speaking packages compiled for higher machine architecture provides better performance. Machine architectures for modern CPUs such athlon-xp or pentium4 can also be used, therefore you'll be able to get optimized performance if you compile your packages from the sources using proper cflags.
 
Old 03-05-2004, 09:11 AM   #3
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Any idea what architecture an AMD athlon 900Mhz cpu is?

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Old 03-05-2004, 11:05 AM   #4
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should be "athlon", therefore packages with the suffix i386 - i686 and "athlon" will work on your machine.
 
  


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