Subject: Re: GDB busted, what did I do to deserve this?
To: John Nemeth <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Open Carefully -- Contents Under Pressure <greywolf@defender.VAS.viewlogic.com>
Date: 11/16/1995 09:59:56
[ insert wish for "manydohs.au" as an attachment here :-)]
Duh. I should know that -- I used to hack around a bit on a VAX!
I think I forgot that x86 is a CISC architecture!
#define AUTHOR "email@example.com (John Nemeth)"
* A valid x86 instruction ranges in length from one to 15 bytes
* (i486, other x86 processors might have slightly different maximums)
* and is not aligned. This does not cause speed problems since
* instructions are fetched from the pre-fetch buffer which can be filled
* with complete words. It would be extremely costly in space for a
* processor with variable length instructions to require them to be
* aligned. And, most CISC processors have variable length instructions.
#undef AUTHOR /* "firstname.lastname@example.org (John Nemeth)" */
I'm really a software toolsmith and a musician by trade, but nobody really
needs a software toolsmith much, and the music industry is so cutthroat
that it would probably do me in. So I do systems administration on the
side as a hobby. Funny that my hobby finds more work than either of my