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Old 07-23-2007, 04:57 PM   #1
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g++: No 64bit programs compiled, 32bit instead?

[grifer@xoxxbox code]$ ./list_tietotyyppi 
Size of 'int' is:               4 bytes.
Size of 'short int' is:         2 bytes.
Size of 'long int' is:          4 bytes.
Size of 'char' is:              1 bytes.
Size of 'float' is:             4 bytes.
Size of 'double' is:            8 bytes.
This is output of a small training program that does just that: outputs the amount of bytes each "tietotyyppi" (I would be grateful to know what that is in english ) contains.
Funny thing is that I compiled the exact same code on iBook & PS3 and result was exactly the same. I know that iBook has 32bit processor whereas YDL on PS3 has 32bit userland on top of 64bit kernel. I assumed, that output would be different for 64bit architecture (book said it that output often looks different on different archs).
Could it be that I'm using <iostream> that is actually 32bit?
It's not that dangerous, I'm just learning to code but this is bugging me now.

Here's the code with my comments, funny little program:
/* program lists all diffrerent "tietotyypit", no clue what it could be in english.
gotta find out. 
something to do with how much memory each variable is going to use in a function.*/

#include <iostream>
using std::cout;

int main()
    cout << "Size of 'int' is:\t\t"     << sizeof(int)      << " bytes.\n";
    cout << "Size of 'short int' is:\t\t"   << sizeof(short)    << " bytes.\n";
    cout << "Size of 'long int' is:\t\t"    << sizeof(long)     << " bytes.\n";
    cout << "Size of 'char' is:\t\t"    << sizeof(char)     << " bytes.\n";
    cout << "Size of 'float' is:\t\t"   << sizeof(float)    << " bytes.\n";
    cout << "Size of 'double' is:\t\t"  << sizeof(double)   << " bytes.\n";
return 0;

Last edited by Grife; 07-23-2007 at 04:59 PM.
Old 07-23-2007, 07:39 PM   #2
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A 32-bit toolchain compiles 32-bit regardless of the kernel being used. Only a 64-bit native compiler or a 32-bit -> 64-bit cross-compiler will do what you are looking for. The main reason for this is that gcc is built around an asm spec for the machine the code needs to run on. This also means that in 32-bit "userland" all of the shared libraries are 32-bit.

A 64-bit kernel does you little good when your distro is 32-bits. The least you can expect is compilation errors in certain instances when a configuration script expects to find a cross-compiler, or finds a 32-bit compiler unsuitable for a 64-bit kernel. The only way to take advantage of the 64-bit kernel is to have 64-bit libraries or statically-link your binaries using a cross-toolchain.
Old 07-23-2007, 07:53 PM   #3
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Just out of curiosity, what is the full output of gcc -v?


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