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Re: 64-bit and N32 kernel interfaces

To: Thiemo Seufer <>
Subject: Re: 64-bit and N32 kernel interfaces
From: "Maciej W. Rozycki" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2002 19:39:12 +0200 (MET DST)
Cc: Daniel Jacobowitz <>, "Kevin D. Kissell" <>, Tor Arntsen <>, Carsten Langgaard <>, Ralf Baechle <>,
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Organization: Technical University of Gdansk
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On Fri, 6 Sep 2002, Thiemo Seufer wrote:

> I agree. And I believe in the "least surprise" principle, which means
> we shouldn't deviate from widely known conventions without good reason.
> I still don't see the advantage of a 64 bit long in n32.

 Well, for me it's more surprising to see long not sufficient to contain
data of the register width than to see the width of long being different
from the width of a pointer.  The latter I've already seen (both ways). 
The former is new to me.  Others may have different experiences, though. 

+  Maciej W. Rozycki, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland   +
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