[arch-dev-public] Shadowing i686, round 1

Gaetan Bisson bisson at archlinux.org
Tue Dec 13 00:51:49 UTC 2016

[2016-12-12 21:51:31 +0100] Bartłomiej Piotrowski:
> In September we discussed upgrading the default -march value for
> packages to include SSE2 (and possibly more instructions). I think the
> general consensus was that we don't agree what we should do and we just
> left the problem intact.
> Semi-necrobumping that thread, I want to bring back one proposal – let's
> deprecate i686 architecture. All my machines at home and work are
> x86_64. Building i686 packages is a chore I'm less and less willing to
> do, and I boot up a 32-bit virtual machine only if bug has been reported
> against that architecture. No, I don't do even smoke tests – I assume
> that i686 works if x86_64 does. (Don't beat me up too hard for that.)
> To back up my idea, our completely unreliable pkgstats data says that
> 8.53% came from i686 installs, but only a little over 4% is incompatible
> with amd64. Obviously there is no way to verify this data, but I suspect
> that these numbers are even lower in the reality. We're just wasting our
> time.
> I'd like to set a certain date of dropping i686 completely. During that
> time, community and/or interested packagers could come up with either
> automated build solution, making it "tier 2" architecture. Otherwise it
> would just die of natural cause.

That sounds great to me.

How about June 1st, 2017? It's about six months for now, surely that's
enough time to see things coming for those who still care about i686.


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