When I do a cat in /proc/cpuinfo it shows a line with clflushsize : 64
Does this mean my kernel is running in 64 bits?
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will tell you the kernel - the end bit tells you the architecture.
Darwin Mac.local 9.8.0 Darwin Kernel Version 9.8.0: Wed Jul 15 16:55:01 PDT 2009; root:xnu-1228.15.4~1/RELEASE_I386 i386
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Linux ecco 126.96.36.199-serf-xeon-c6.1-grsec #1 SMP Tue Oct 7 06:18:04 PDT 2008 x86_64 GNU/Linux
i386 = 32 bit
x86_64 = 64 bit
I think the most precise way is
here it exactly shows
found on this tip
getconf is from package libc-bin (on ubuntu)
If you want an easy but detailed report about your system (CPU, Kernel and Core OS software) and not just the kernel then here's a small bash script that will give you the answers swiftly.
If you know enough about the peculiarities of 32bit/64bit CPUs and S/W it's simply handy. If you don't know much and think that your "system" is either 32bit or 64bit then it will help you discover that the truth can be more complex (parts of your system may be 64bit while others 32bit) without confusing you.
Again this script (and answer) is not for the literal question "How do I know if my Linux kernel is running in 32bit or 64bit?" but for those who also want to know the arch of their CPU, and core OS SW.
These are examples for a rather unusual case:
You have a 64 bit CPU Your kernel reports that the architecture is 32 bit Your /sbin/init process is 64 bit Your C compiler is configured to produce 32 bit executables
You have a 64 bit CPU Your kernel reports that the architecture is 32 bit If you are not the admin he can make a 64bit kernel report 32bit (see man setarch) In this case he has (because we have 64bit programs) Your /sbin/init process is 64 bit Most other core OS programs will probably be 64 bits also. You may use the following command to check a specific program. file -L /path/to/program Your C compiler is configured to produce 32 bit executables (Note that a 64bit compiler may be setup to produce 32bit code)
These 4 lines gives all the essential information.
grep -w 'lm' /proc/cpuinfo > /dev/null && echo "You have a 64 bit CPU" || echo "You have a 32 bit CPU" echo "Your kernel reports that the architecture is $(uname -m|sed -e 's/x86_64/64 bit/' -e 's/i.86/32 bit/')" echo "Your /sbin/init process is $(file /sbin/init|sed -e 's/^.* \(32\|64\) bit.*$/\1bit/')" echo "Your C compiler is configured to produce $(getconf LONG_BIT) bit executables"
This script prints a lot of explanation and is useful if you don't have experience on the subject and are faced with a peculiar case.
#!/bin/bash # collect system info grep -w 'lm' /proc/cpuinfo > /dev/null && CPU=64 || CPU=32 ARCH=$(uname -m|sed -e 's/x86_64/64/' -e 's/i.86/32/') INIT=$(file -L /sbin/init|sed -e 's/^.* \(32\|64\)-bit.*$/\1/') COMPILER=$(getconf LONG_BIT) # if all values are the same we set UNIFORM="YES" ! echo "$CPU $ARCH $INIT $COMPILER" | grep -q "$CPU $CPU $CPU $CPU" && UNIFORM="NO" || UNIFORM="YES" # report to the user echo "You have a $CPU bit CPU" echo "Your kernel reports that the architecture is $ARCH bit" if [ "$UNIFORM" = "NO" ] && [ "$ARCH" = "32" ] ; then echo " If you are not the admin he can make a 64bit kernel report 32bit (see man setarch)" if [ "$INIT" = "64" ] || [ "$COMPILER" = "64" ] ; then echo " In this case he has (because we have 64bit programs)" else echo " We don't see such signs so you most likely run a 32bit kernel" echo " (A 64bit CPU can run 32bit kernels)" fi fi echo "Your /sbin/init process is $INIT bit" if [ "$CPU" = "64" ] ; then echo " Most other core OS programs will probably be $INIT bits also." echo " You may use the following command to check a specific program." echo " file -L /path/to/program" fi if [ "$UNIFORM" = "NO" ] && [ "$INIT" = "32" ] ; then echo " (Note that a 64bit kernel may start a 32bit init process)" fi echo "Your C compiler is configured to produce $COMPILER bit executables" if [ "$UNIFORM" = "NO" ] && [ "$COMPILER" = "32" ] ; then echo " (Note that a 64bit compiler may be setup to produce 32bit code)" fi
If you want to know more read these two pages from where I got most of the information a) https://stackoverflow.com/questions/246007/how-to-determine-whether-a-given-linux-is-32-bit-or-64-bit b) https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/134394/73271
If you want to see only the platform that you are running on, you can use
The full list of supported options for
$ uname --help Usage: uname [OPTION]... Print certain system information. With no OPTION, same as -s. -a, --all print all information, in the following order, except omit -p and -i if unknown: -s, --kernel-name print the kernel name -n, --nodename print the network node hostname -r, --kernel-release print the kernel release -v, --kernel-version print the kernel version -m, --machine print the machine hardware name -p, --processor print the processor type or "unknown" -i, --hardware-platform print the hardware platform or "unknown" -o, --operating-system print the operating system --help display this help and exit --version output version information and exit
CLFLUSHSIZE doesn't tell you anything about the processor's operating mode. According to this answer, it refers to the smallest flushable unit of cache. In your case, cache lines are read/written in units of 64 bytes.
uname output varies too much to be useful, as a glance at Wikipedia's table of examples shows. The most reliable method is
getconf LONG_BIT as show in Aquarius Power's answer. This works regardless of processor architecture, so is just at home on ARM, Power, or MIPS as on x86.