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    hardware name/platform/CPU type

    In command "uname -a", what is the difference between :-
    Hardware name(-m)/Processor type(-p)/Hardware platform(-i)
    my system has RH 9.0 CPU Intel 1.6GHz.
    $uname -a
    command returns
    -m : i686 hardware name
    -p : i686 Processor type
    -i : i386 hardware platform

    i also need mplayer for RH9.0 in the site freshrpm it shows i386 with in the rpm package name what it denotes. is that one is compatible with my system? if its not then what should i do for it?

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    Re:hardware name/platform/CPU type

    That it is for the x86 architecture, as oppsed to the Alpha, Solaris, SGI, PPC, or ia64 archectiures. This binary will work on any x86 machine (80386 or higher, to be exact. Linux wont work on less than that ;D )

    Some intelligent package maintainers use specific build parameters to make a binary that works on a 386, but is optimized for a 486/586/686 archetecture. Red Hat will do that for as much as is relevant. It generally will build for a 386, but with 686 optimizations (will run best on a 686).

    And when I say 686, I mean p3/p4/athlon (I dont think p2s fall in this category, if they do, sue me ;D )

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    Re:hardware name/platform/CPU type

    Schotty, you are right, p2s / k6s are 586s, not 686s.

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    Re:hardware name/platform/CPU type

    Thanks Stuart. Glad to know I was correct after all ;D

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    Re:hardware name/platform/CPU type

    [quote author=Schotty link=board=1;threadid=7572;start=0#msg69392 date=1061236987]
    Thanks Stuart. Glad to know I was correct after all ;D

    [me=Schotty]slides Stuart a nice frosty mug o' Bass ale ;D[/me]
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    woo hoo! That is _the_ finest way to say thanks!
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    Re:hardware name/platform/CPU type

    thanks Schotty and Stuart. but what's the difference between Hardware Name and Processor Type?

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    Re:hardware name/platform/CPU type

    586 is classic pentium with or without mmx, 686 is ppro, p2, p3, etc.

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    thanks stuart. but can u tell me what's the difference between Hardware name & Pocessor Type. what's Hardware name name refers?

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    Re:hardware name/platform/CPU type

    IIRC the hardware type is what your kernel is built for (CPU wise). The CPU Type is the actual CPU.

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    But Schotty, if the hardware type is what your kernel is built for (CPU wise).
    u mean linux kernal ok. then what is hardware platform? please don't irritate i really wanna know this. thanks.

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