x86-64 on i386 (was Re: Promoting i386 version over x86_64?)

Debarshi Ray debarshi.ray at gmail.com
Mon Dec 14 11:26:09 UTC 2009

> That's assuming that the footprint of libraries relative to distinct
> applications is large enough to cancel out the space savings. (I have no
> data either way). A 64bit kernel doesn't need any 32bit userspace. An X
> server, on my 32bit system has about 8.5MB of programme text (server and
> libs) and loads about another 1.5MB worth of modules itself, i.e. 10MB.

Regarding shared libraries its worth noting the point about
"Instruction pointer relative data access":

One reason that life is complex is that it has a real part and an
imaginary part.
    -- Andrew Koenig

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