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How can I check if my kubuntu is running in a 64 bits or 32 machine using terminal?

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Run

uname -a

My machine gives this:

Linux james-desktop 2.6.38-11-generic #48-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jul 29 19:02:55 UTC 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

It should be easy to figure out if your box is 32 bit or 64 bit from the string your box gives you.

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    To clarify this: a line with _64 would indicate a 64-bit install, whereas a line with i686 would indicate a 32-bit install. – SabreWolfy Feb 17 '14 at 8:14
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This page says to run

$ grep flags /proc/cpuinfo

and if the lm flag (long mode, I think) is present, you have a 64-bit CPU. The same page also describes JamWaffles's answer of using the kernel's targeted architecture.

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You can check what is your kubuntu architecture (a 64 bits or 32 machine) using terminal run

getconf WORD_BIT

It will show 32 or 64-bit kUbuntu.

  • By far the most useful - the CPU is 64 bit, it's got a "lm" flag, but it's WORD_BIT is set to 32, which explains a few things. – SEoF Jan 29 '16 at 9:15
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cat /proc/cpuinfo 

look for "lm" under flags LM stands for Long Mode - which is support for a 64 bit programme to access 64 bit instructions

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