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SubjectRe: initramfs buffer spec -- second draft
On January 13, 2002 09:39 pm, Alexander Viro wrote:
> On 13 Jan 2002, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> > "H. Peter Anvin" <> writes:
> >
> > > This is an update to the initramfs buffer format spec I posted
> > > earlier. The changes are as follows:
> >
> > Comments. Endian issues are not specified, is the data little, big
> > or vax endian?
> Data is what you put into files, byte-by-byte. Headers are ASCII.

Encoding the numeric fields in ASCII/hex is a goofy wart on an otherwise nice
design. What is the compelling reason? Bytesex isn't it: we should just
pick one or the other and stick with it as we do in Ext2.

Why don't we fix cpio to write a consistent bytesex?


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