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POSIX uname defines -m but not -i. -m outputs the machine name as returned by the uname(2) system call, in the machine entry of the utsname structure. The possibles values are implementation-dependent; on Linux systems it's the kernel's architecture (x86_64, i686...). To get an idea of the variety of machine names used, check out config.guess: the first ...


A bit more info in info uname: `-i' `--hardware-platform' Print the hardware platform name (sometimes called the hardware implementation). Print `unknown' if the kernel does not make this information easily available, as is the case with Linux kernels. `-m' `--machine' Print the machine hardware name (sometimes called the hardware ...

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