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From Robert Clark <>
Subject Re: How can ant detect it is running on a 64 bit machine?
Date Mon, 17 Oct 2005 17:57:01 GMT
On Monday October 17, 2005 01:26 pm, "Marion, Patrick" 
<> wrote:
> Thank you all for your suggestions.  Indeed I cannot rely on the
> JVM currently running to tell me whether the machine architecture
> itself is 64bit, since a 32bit JVM can run on a 64Bit machine.

Ahhh, I was mistaken. I had though you needed to know if the VM itself 
was 32- or 64-bit, not the underlying chip.

In this case, I don't think there is much you can do from the Java 
side unless you hardcode a lot of machine specific tests. Or perhaps 
a tiny little bit of native code. However, this too has it's problems 
as you can never be sure if you are running on a 32-bit chip or a 
32-bit program on a 64-bit chip. Even something like

perl -e 'use Config; print $Config{longsize}';

can give misleading results on a 64-bit chip when run with a 32-bit 
version of Perl. As you have noticed with JVM's.

About the best you can say for sure is that if "" 
is 64 then you are running on a 64-bit chip, otherwise you may be on 
a 32- or 64-bit chip.

> I am running Ant 1.6.2; could it be that more recent versions
> handle this?

I don't think this would be something that Ant would support (even in 
the newest versions). It's just too machine and chip specific.

Sorry I don't have any better suggestions for you.

- Rob

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