config.guess manufacturer string?

Panu Matilainen pmatilai at
Wed Feb 18 15:26:40 UTC 2009

In a nutshell: what, if anything, should we do about this?

[pmatilai at localhost redhat-rpm-config]$ sh F-8/*/config.guess
[pmatilai at localhost redhat-rpm-config]$ sh devel/*/config.guess

[pmatilai at localhost redhat-rpm-config]$ setarch i386 sh F-8/*/config.guess
[pmatilai at localhost redhat-rpm-config]$ setarch i386 sh 

Up to some point around F9, Fedora (and before that RHL) carried patched 
versions of config.guess, typically deployed through %configure copying it 
over default config.guess from auto*foo, which would emit "redhat" as the 
manufacturer string.

My reading of is 
that the manufacturer part of the configuration name is the manufacturer 
of the CPU, not "OS vendor" so the former "redhat" was always incorrect. 
I don't know the history behind the decision to stomp "redhat" in there to 
begin with nor why it was then dropped later on. But having gotten used to 
it, people occasionally think the "unknown" (or "pc" for that matter) is a 

Thoughts? Just leave it up to config.guess upstream like it is now, case 
closed, or are there some actual reasons other why it should be something 

 	- Panu -

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