Subject: Re: Type coersion long->int ?
To: current-users <>
From: Peter Seebach <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/04/2000 18:28:56
In message <>, Bob Nestor writes:
>The TI C3x DSP uses a 32-bit int as a char; the machine can only address 
>32-bit words.  The Cray XMP/YMP is also a word addressable system, but 
>the "C" implementation used a 8-bit quantity for a char and did the 
>manipulation in software.  I'm assuming both are "correct" as far as the 
>standard went at the time and that the size of a char was left to the 

Well, in *theory*, the char should be "smallest addressable size".

A lot of implementations bend over backwards to make 'char' and 'void'
pointers "work" as 8-bit values.  It's sometimes worth it.