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From Enrico Migliore <enrico.migli...@fatti.com>
Subject Re: opinions on structure packing in C?
Date Fri, 07 Oct 2005 07:12:46 GMT

> I'm working with Dan's bootVM to get to run on Windows, and have been  
> thinking about the use of -fpack-struct vs #pragm pack() vs just not  
> packing and writing code that is a little slower, and a little more  
> verbose, but seemingly more robust and maintainable due to less  
> information about context needed to avoid surprises.
> I've reconfirmed that packing structs is deadly when you want to call  
> into standard libs
> struct stat foo;
> stat("foo.txt", &foo);
> does some bizarre things :)
> So how do people deal with this these days?  I know fashions change,  
> and I haven't done C in anger for > 6 years...  (I still have the  
> shakes when looking at it - I'm past the screaming stage...)
> geir

   We should compile the code using the same C flags that the libc uses.

    Parameter marshalling is another source of problems: if we want to 
    our C code for speed (parameters passed through registers), we will 
have to recompile the libc.


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