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Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:35:56 -0600
From: Rob Landley <>
Subject: Re: musl 0.9.8 released

On 11/28/2012 07:05:07 AM, Rich Felker wrote:
> This is fairly comparable to the mips1 issue and the need for ll/sc
> emulation by the kernel. i386 is just fundamentally lacking in a way
> that makes multi-tasking/multi-threading not workable with the POSIX
> apis for it. The kernel should be emulating 'lock cmpxchg', like it
> does ll/sc for mips1, and if it did, 386 would work fine. But
> apparently nobody cares anyway..

Actually this just got removed literally today:

If I recall, there was a longish discussion that boiled down to nobody  
could find actual 386 hardware still in use to test any of this with.

Technically intel still made them until 5 years ago, but for aerospace  
and such rather than use in general purpose computers:


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