Re: [PATCH 00/36] AArch64 Linux kernel port

From: Jon Masters
Date: Tue Jul 17 2012 - 22:33:49 EST

On 07/17/2012 06:35 PM, Joe Perches wrote:
> On Tue, 2012-07-17 at 23:18 +0100, Catalin Marinas wrote:
>> The uname will still report
>> "aarch64" to match the compiler triplet and also avoid confusion of
>> existing 32-bit ARM scripts that simply check for "arm*" in the machine
>> name.
> The compiler triplet seems trivial to change.
> The other bit is a relatively weak argument as the 32bit arm
> scripts can be changed or fixed likely just as easily.

There's a surprising amount of assumption out there around what arm*
means (or doing wildcard matches liberally). I'm glad (from the point of
view of a distribution bootstrap) that we don't have to worry about that
aspect of getting AArch64 support up and running. The directory name is
just that - a name - and unimportant. I like aarch64 from the point of
view of distinguishing "this is not ARM, no, it's not just an extension,
and no it's not just two numbers different or wider regs", but it seems
fairly inevitable that it's going to be arch/arm64. The main thing is
that we understand this isn't like i686->x86_64.

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