On Mon, 3 Apr 2000, Andi Kleen wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 04, 2000 at 07:45:23AM +1000, Ken McDonell wrote:
> > (b) will the Linux version of XFS support both a little endian on-disk
> > format (what you see today with the released code on Intel
> > platforms), _and_ the IRIX MIPS on-disk format
> Switching endians is very cheap on modern CPUs (ppro+ have a special
> instruction, ultrasparc/ia64/et.al. have special bits in the store
> instructions to store both endians). What is expensive is checking
> whether you need to switch (or rather, it is not that expensive at runtime,
> but bloats the code/binary a lot because a lot of routines will be duplicated)
> Big-Endian XFS everywhere probably makes sense. TCP/IP has proven that it
> is possible :-)
I agree. Keep it big endian. The world (except intel) uses big endian.
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