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On Sat, Jul 14, 2007 at 11:43:44PM +0000, Thomas E. Spanjaard wrote:
> >no.  and PAE is stupid, so we won't do that.  it's really stupid.  really.
> Actually, we will do that. Perhaps not on x86-32, but it sure is a 
> requirement for 64bit long mode on x86-64...

PAE for long mode is quite different for PAE for 32bit mode.

The question is whether the VM subsystem and many lower parts of the
kernel have to deal with kernel addresses being larger than pointers or
not. That's opening the box of Pandora for no real gain -- if you need
more than 3.x GB RAM, switch to long mode. That doesn't have this


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