[linux-elitists] Hm, editor wars

Paul J Collins sneakums@eircom.net
Tue Jun 27 11:18:36 PDT 2000


>>>>> "Marc" == Marc MERLIN <marc@merlins.org> writes:

    Marc> So what? Intel will patch registers to be 36 bits and last a
    Marc> bit longer...  (Oh yeah, they'll also declare than from now
    Marc> on, an int is really 36 bits)

Historically, in int is the "natural word size" of the machine your C
compiler is targetting.  So, if Intel makes a 36-bit machine, our ints
will be 36 bits, and any software that depends on ints wrapping after
2^32 -1 will summarily break.  Snarky C code for PDPs will be right at
home, as long as they don't rely on 18-bit pointers.

NEWSFLASH: Intel's 64-bit register patch,
           the Itanic, will be with us shortly.

Paul.

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