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how to find If my linux OS is 64 bit or 32 bit system

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I know how to do in Solaris.
Is there a command similar to solaris'?


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'uname -a' will reveal whether you have a 64bit processor or not. For example the output from that command executed on my Athlon box looks like:

chaos> uname -a
Linux chaos.entrophy-free.net 2.4.21-15.0.3.EL #1 Tue Jun 29 17:55:01 EDT 2004 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
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Just where exactly does it show the bit info?
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It  is implicit in the processor type only an Opteron or Itanium is capable of 64bit operation.
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Hi :-)

Two ways:
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uname -m

If it returns somthing like i386, i486 (i.86) - it is 32 bit.
Itanium processors return x86_64

2.
int a;
if sizeof(a) == 4 {
  // 32 bit
} else {
  // 64 bit
}
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by:MNGROW
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To display specific info about the cpu try
x86info -a
If you get "command not found" message it means either you don't have this binary on your system, or the path is different.
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by:MNGROW
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download x86info from  
http://sourceforge.net/projects/x86info/
hope it will work
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