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What do the flags in /proc/cpuinfo mean?

I tried installing CentOS 6.3 on my computer only to see a complaint that my computer doesn't have PAE. I am not sure if my computer has it and it's just disabled or if it doesn't have PAE at all.

I am using Mageia 2 right now and I want to check if I can turn it on (in case it's off) or if my computer doesn't have it.

My current computer is an IBM ThinkPad X32. I know it's kind of old but this (CentOS 6.3) is the first ever Linux distro to give me that error of not having PAE.

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When you examine the contents of /proc/cpuinfo, the flags for the CPU will include "pae".

  • quite obvious but for the beginner: cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep pae – Thiago Macedo Nov 23 '13 at 0:58

pae will be in the "flags" section of the output of 'cat /proc/cpuinfo'

PAE is Physical Address Extension. It's a way of addressing large amounts of memory.

Here are a couple of links about it:


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