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SubjectRe: Subtleties of __attribute__((packed))
On Wed, Dec 06, 2006 at 04:54:39PM +0100, Jan Blunck wrote:
> Maybe the arm backend is somehow broken. AFAIK (and I verfied it on S390 and
> i386) the alignment shouldn't change.

Please read the info pages:

`packed'
This attribute, attached to an `enum', `struct', or `union' type
definition, specifies that the minimum required memory be used to
represent the type.

Specifying this attribute for `struct' and `union' types is
equivalent to specifying the `packed' attribute on each of the
structure or union members. Specifying the `-fshort-enums' flag
on the line is equivalent to specifying the `packed' attribute on
all `enum' definitions.

Note that it says *nothing* about alignment. It says "minimum required
memory be used to represent the type." which implies that the internals
of the structure are packed together as tightly as possible.

It does not say "and as such the struct may be aligned to any alignment".

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Russell King
Linux kernel 2.6 ARM Linux - http://www.arm.linux.org.uk/
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