[Speex-dev] [patch] Mac Universal Binaries

Peter Grayson jpgrayson at gmail.com
Thu May 3 08:15:15 PDT 2007

On 5/2/07, Jean-Marc Valin <jean-marc.valin at usherbrooke.ca> wrote:
> Well, I don't quite understand why AC_C_BIGENDIAN and the solution
> you're proposing is likely to break other big endian machines (the ones
> that don't have __BIG_ENDIAN__). Can you send a patch that addresses
> that (i.e. still uses AC_C_BIGENDIAN when it works)?

It is not that AC_C_BIGENDIAN does not work. It is that it determines
endianness at configure-time as opposed to compile-time. The process
for building universal binaries on Mac demands that the distinction be
made at compile-time. To enable building universal binaries on Mac in
a single pass, the decision has to be deferred to compile-time.

My strong suspicion is that testing __BIG_ENDIAN__ at compile-time
will work for all relevant unix-like platforms. Even icc supports

The extra thing we could do is set a preprocessor variable at
configure-time that we could use at compile-time to determine whether
the endianess was resolved at configure-time or should be resolved at
compile-time. For example:

#if defined(COMPILE_TIME_ENDIANESS) && defined(__BIG_ENDIAN__) ||
/* do big endian thing */
/* do little endian thing */

This seems excessively complicated, so I preferred not to do it.

Can others comment on the availability of the compiler defined
__BIG_ENDIAN__ and __LITTLE_ENDIAN__ variables?


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