compiler quadruple (formerly triple)

I wonder why the canonical form did not put the vendor last.

That seems more logical.

Instead it is the second.

Is there any reason why?

You'd have to ask the GNU folks, who invented the target triple.

-Chris

The triple is a GNU invention but I think that the quadruple is a clang invention. !?

No, the quadruple was also a GNU invention. It's related to the whole
Linux vs. GNU/Linux debate.

Chip

Right you are.

http://www.airs.com/ian/configure/configure_4.html#SEC25