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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] fix unaligned exception in /drivers/net/wireless/orinoco.c
    On Fri, 2007-02-02 at 15:20 -0500, John W. Linville wrote:
    > On Thu, Jan 18, 2007 at 09:57:18AM -0000, Hennerich, Michael wrote:
    > >
    > > This short patch prevents an unaligned exception to occur. (GCC 4.1)
    > > tmp is defined as char pointer while it is later accessed as short.

    Signed-off-by: Pavel Roskin <>

    > This patch seems fine, such as it is. But, it seems like it might
    > also be appropriate to change hermes_read_ltv and/or hermes_read_words
    > to not take void * parameters? This patch would still be needed,
    > but it might be more obvious to future coders?

    I agree. If we use any optimization that requires alignment of the
    buffer for aligned access, it needs to be clearly specified and
    (ideally) enforced.

    I've tried to make a patch, but it seems to be a bigger effort than I
    expected. It turns out that hermes_clear_words() is not doing what it
    should (although it would only affect some buggy firmwares), and it's
    clear that I just cannot replace a couple of arguments and hope for the
    best. I need to dust off my 802.11b cards and re-test everything.

    I've started orinoco branch locally, and I hope I'll be able to clean
    the driver from all that bitrot soon.

    Pavel Roskin

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