[Vorbis-dev] various patches from Mandrakelinux package
Wed Aug 4 23:11:57 PDT 2004
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> Why is the patch needed? From the filename, I'm guessing it's
> something to do
> with aliasing rules. Was this actually causing problems in practice?
> this version still compile to efficient code (the whole reason for
> functions was to be very fast) with (at least) gcc and msvc?
Don't know if it _was_ causing problems, but it certainly has
the potential to do so, esp. with newer versions of GCC.
This patch won't work with MSVC though, as it relies on
implementation-dependent behaviour in GCC (union elements
are allowed to alias always); there is _no_ portable way
to access an object as a different type, in C.
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