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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ubi: kill homegrown endian macros
>> It's not the compiler who decides -- struct layout is
>> dictated by the ABI you're compiling for.
> This is true in the case of externally-visible stuff. I think the
> compiler is permitted to violate the ABI for purely unit-internal
> things
> if it makes sense though, isn't it?

Sure. It isn't "violating the ABI" in that case though,
to be perfectly clear.

> Besides, in the case of the Linux kernel the ABI in question could be
> one of many. It could even be a new one which was added a couple of
> weeks ago, and which I had no _chance_ of considering.

Of course.

> The rule stands -- empirical testing of what the compiler will do isn't
> usually the right answer.

It is *never* the right answer. You should always write
your code so that it will do the right thing no matter
what the compiler decides to do to it.


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