CONFIG_M486=y in linux-image-2.6.17-8-386_2.6.17-8.22_i386.deb ?

Toby Smithe toby.smithe at
Fri Sep 22 21:17:02 BST 2006

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Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 21, 2006 at 03:13:07PM +0800, Steven Shiau wrote:
>> The kernel in Ubuntu 6.10-alpha3 now is named as:
>> linux-image-2.6.17-8-386_2.6.17-8.22_i386.deb
>> >From the name, it's for i386 arch.
>> However, when checking its config file /boot/config-2.6.17-8-386,
>> actually it's
>> ----------------
>> # grep CONFIG_M486=y config-2.6.17-8-386
>> CONFIG_M486=y
>> ----------------
>> I noticed that in Debian Etch, the kernel is named as
>> linux-image-2.6.16-2-486_2.6.16-18_i386.deb
>> There is a "486", not "386", to show this is for i486 arch.
>> Is that possible we can see the similar naming, i.e.
>> linux-image-2.6.17-8-486_2.6.17-8.22_i386.deb
>> instead of
>> "linux-image-2.6.17-8-386_2.6.17-8.22_i386.deb"
>> in Edgy when it's released ?
> Changing the name of the kernel requires corresponding changes in several
> other parts of the system, such as the installer, and a transition for
> with the old package installed.  Edgy is being stabilized for release, and
> it would not be appropriate to introduce this type of change now, as the
> benefit would be negligible.

Surely also the kernel in its current state would not be usable (would
it even work?) on i386; as for i486. The name is just a convention,
showing the lowest common denominator. I don't think it matters.
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