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SubjectRe: Linux/IA-64 byte order
On Tue, Mar 09, 1999 at 12:22:10PM +0100, Gabriel Paubert wrote:
> BTW: casting of integer pointers in C is a nop AFAICT, simply the size
> of the data accessed by the pointer is changed.

that's probably true, but I think it would be nice to be able to
assume that if longptr points to a location containing 1L, then
* (short int *) longptr == 1.

This doesnt work on sparc etc. Again mostly binary compatibility issues are
there between programs which took pointers to fields which later got extended.
All of them _have_ to be recompiled. On little endian, you can get away with
not doing so.

-- arvind

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