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Nicholas Clark
June 12, 2010 05:28
Re: ANSI requirement
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On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 10:16:05AM -0700, Jan Dubois wrote:
> On Fri, 11 Jun 2010, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:
> > I vaguely recall someone mentioning that we rely on some features of C
> > that aren't strictly guaranteed by ANSI C, such as the the offset into
> > a struct being the sum of the sizeof() of the struct members that came
> > before in the struct.
> I seriously doubt that we rely on it because it would not work unless
> there is *no* structure padding at all.  Nicholas has been working hard
> to remove most unused padding, but I don't believe there is any code in
> Perl that is adding up sizes of individual struct members.

Yes, that's what I thought too :-)

> And anyways, ANSI C has the offsetof() macro if you ever really need to
> know an explicit offset.

Although I did get tripped up by aggressive but legal Sparc64 compilers -
they're allowed to take advantage of the alignment constraints of a struct
when accessing its members. The case in question was loading two adjacent
32 bit values from an 8-byte aligned structure.

We don't make that mistake now.

Nicholas Clark

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