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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] New firewire stack
On 12/4/06, Kristian Høgsberg <> wrote:
> Ok... I was planning to make big-endian versions of the structs so that the
> endian issue would be solved. But if the bit layout is not consistent, I
> guess bitfields are useless for wire formats. I didn't know that though, I
> thought the C standard specified that the compiler should allocate bits out of
> a word using the lower bits first.

The C standard explicitly allows it to be implementation defined.
Having been bit by this exact problem, I can also recommend never
using bitfields for anything other than things kept solely in local

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