Subject: Re: utmp file format change
To: NetBSD Userlevel Technical Discussion List <>
From: James Graham <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 08/22/2001 14:43:24
On Wed, 22 Aug 2001, Greg A. Woods wrote:

# No, it's far easier and safer in the short run and the long run to just
# store the data in a fixed format in the first place.  It's not like it's
# an expensive operation, or a frequent one for that matter.  Binary
# on-disk formats should always be in a well defined byte order and have
# well defined width values too.  All the world is *not* a VAX.

True.  Most of the world is either SPARC or Inhel right now.  SPARC is
big-endian with 32-bit words, and Inhel is little-endian with 32-bit
words (or do they still use 16-bit words?).

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