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Re: Native Endianess

From: Yoshinori K. Okuji
Subject: Re: Native Endianess
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 01:40:37 +0100
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On Thursday 22 March 2007 01:11, Dan Weaver wrote:
> Context:
> The new Multiboot specification uses the term Native Endianess to imply
> that big endian processors can load big endian objects and little endian
> processors can load little endian objects.
> Ambiguity:
> The Power PC is considered a Big Endian machine but can be booted in little
> endian mode.  The term Native is vague.
> Objective:
> Define a tern or definition that clearly states the ability of the boot
> loader.

Right. Rather than going to define a one-fit-into-all rule, I prefer to 
describe this:

  The native endianess _must_ be defined in every architecture-specific
  section explicitly.

Probably this is necessary for natural address size, etc.


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