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Re: i386 or i686 rpm's

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On Sun, 12 Sep 2004 09:55:03 +0200, Henrik Grevelund wrote:

> Hi There
>  
> My server wen't down, and now i  have to reinstall and patch it manually :-(
>  
> And i really never could figure out how it works with the i386 and i686 rpm's.
>  
> when i query the the rpm, it dosn't report which model it is.

It does. rpm --query --all --qf "%{name}-%{version} is %{arch}\n"
Of course, you can also query files and individual packages.

> Can i mix it, or does it have to be straight.

You can mix it, but in most cases there is no noticable performance
gain in replacing the default packages with i686 versions. Important
system packages like the C library are available as optimized versions
anyway, and the other packages are i386 compatible but optimized for
i686.
  
> I found something in the archives, where there was problems with replacing a i686 rpm with a i386. You had to delete the /lib/i686 files manually.
>  
> On my machine there is only a /lib/i686.

That probably refers to downgrading glibc. You should not do that.

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