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Re: Building gpsd on mips big endian

From: Gary E. Miller
Subject: Re: Building gpsd on mips big endian
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2021 16:22:52 -0700

Yo Greg!

On Wed, 28 Apr 2021 18:41:27 -0400
Greg Troxel <> wrote:

> "Gary E. Miller" <> writes:
> > Good news, but does anyone have Big Endian hardware anymore?  
> I still do. I should power it on some day.

So, you have it, but you do not use it.

> I am seeing people run aarch64 in eb mode.

Huh, why?  Some reason other than testing or curiosity?

> Of course there is sparc,
> sparc64, ppc and surely more.

Oracle killed SPARC in 2017.  Rumours that Fujitsu may revive it.

POWER is still a thing.

> Not sure what your point is;

I'm sure I had no point.  Just collectng data points.

> obviously code should work on any system
> that complies to C99 and the bits of POSIX we need.  If it's merely
> surprise at someone paying attention to odd arches, I understand.

"obviously" gpsd should support big-endian.  Actually making that
happen is not so easy.  C99 is clear that much of C99 is implementation

gpsd has a lot of code solely for the purpose of supporting big endian.
Any of it could be affected by bit rot when untested.

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