[linux-elitists] Hm, editor wars
Paul J Collins
Tue Jun 27 11:18:36 PDT 2000
>>>>> "Marc" == Marc MERLIN <email@example.com> 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.
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