Subject: Re: GDB busted, what did I do to deserve this?
To: John Nemeth <>
From: Open Carefully -- Contents Under Pressure <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/16/1995 09:59:56
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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 " (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	/* " (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