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Date:	Sat, 19 May 2007 00:00:56 +0200
From:	Segher Boessenkool <segher@...nel.crashing.org>
To:	David Woodhouse <dwmw2@...radead.org>
Cc:	Matthieu CASTET <castet.matthieu@...e.fr>,
	"John Anthony Kazos Jr." <jakj@...-k-j.com>,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ubi: kill homegrown endian macros

>> Out of curiosity, why would a compiler ever insert padding in a 
>> structure
>> that has all its elements properly-aligned?
>
> Well, it might decide it would be nicer if some elements were aligned 
> to
> 64 bits. Or to a cache line. Or something. I don't care about _why_ --
> the point is that it's _allowed_ to. Hence the original use of
> __attribute__((packed)).

It's not the compiler who decides -- struct layout is
dictated by the ABI you're compiling for.


Segher

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