[CentOS-docs] Article on building i586 CentOS-5 kernel

Timothy Lee timothy.ty.lee at gmail.com
Mon Jan 11 07:25:20 UTC 2010

  On 01/11/2010 03:09 PM, Christopher Chan wrote:
> Timothy Lee wrote:
>>   On 01/11/2010 02:29 PM, Christopher Chan wrote:
>>> Wow. There are Pentium machines still running out there?
>>> You do know that Pentium optimizations are only for Pentiums and that
>>> such binaries could actually run slower on anything Pentium-II/Pentium
>>> Pro and above than i386 (actually i486 optimized binaries iirc - must
>>> check gcc) optimized binaries due to the architecture differences of the
>>> Pentium?
>> Got some VIA C3 processors that absolutely refuse to run i686 kernels.
> Yeah, who knows what has been turned on on those i686 kernels.
>> They were running on Fedora 7, but that's getting too abandoned for any
>> good.
> http://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc/i386-and-x86_002d64-Options.html
> Try C3 optimization instead then.
So instead of compiling for i586 targets, is it then better to patch the 
CentOS-5 kernel so that it uses "-mtune=c3" during compilation?  (There 
appears to be only a CONFIG_MVIAC3_2 param in the .config file)


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