On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 01:49:16PM -0400, Mike Frysinger wrote:
> > ia64 installs in /lib, because it isn't a multilibbed architecture.
> because distros choose not to support it. in first gen chips, there was
> hardware support for running x86. so if we were to be strict, there should
> have been /libia64/ (or whatever) while the current x86 32bit code would stay
> in /lib/. but no distro was interested in supporting that (probably due to
> the 32bit x86 layers being balls-ass slow), so it never happened.
We even carried patches (not applied) for lib64 ia64 support in our
binutils/glibc/gcc for a while, but the final decision after these were
written was that it is going to stay in /lib.