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From: Caleb Epstein (caleb.epstein_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-06-14 17:02:41

Here's my proposed <boost/detail/endian.hpp>. I'm just verifying that
everything still compiles for me and the appropriate tests now succeed
before committing.

I copied the endian-detection code from <boost/detail/limits.hpp>, and
therefore reproduced the SGI copyright notice. I'm not sure if this
endianness detection was part of the original SGI version of that
file, but it appears that a number of Boosters have added various CPUs
to the list. Not sure if this is the correct copyright to use in this

I also added the #if defined (__GLIBC__) block at the top. This
should aid in ports to any platform where GNU libc is used, but where
the CPU is not one of the small set of known types.

I took the liberty of adding the macro BOOST_BYTE_ORDER, which is the
moral equivalent of __BYTE_ORDER from GNU libc's <endian.h>. Let me
know if this namespace pollution is a bad idea and I'll remove it, but
I think it is more useful than BOOST_{BIG, LITTLE}_ENDIAN.

I won't even begin to try and address Jody's point about runtime
endian-switching CPUs. Yikes!

 * Copyright (c) 1997
 * Silicon Graphics Computer Systems, Inc.
 * Permission to use, copy, modify, distribute and sell this software
 * and its documentation for any purpose is hereby granted without fee,
 * provided that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and
 * that both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear
 * in supporting documentation. Silicon Graphics makes no
 * representations about the suitability of this software for any
 * purpose. It is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty.

 * Copyright notice reproduced from <boost/detail/limits.hpp>, from
 * which this code was originally taken.
 * Modified by Caleb Epstein to use <endian.h> with GNU libc and to
 * defined the BOOST_ENDIAN macro.


// GNU libc offers the helpful header <endian.h> which defines

#if defined (__GLIBC__)
# include <endian.h>
# elif (__BYTE_ORDER == __BIG_ENDIAN)
# elif (__BYTE_ORDER == __PDP_ENDIAN)
# else
# error Unknown machine endianness detected.
# endif
#elif defined(__sparc) || defined(__sparc__) \
   || defined(_POWER) || defined(__powerpc__) \
   || defined(__ppc__) || defined(__hppa) \
   || defined(_MIPSEB) || defined(_POWER) \
   || defined(__s390__)
# define BOOST_BYTE_ORDER 4321
#elif defined(__i386__) || defined(__alpha__) \
   || defined(__ia64) || defined(__ia64__)
# define BOOST_BYTE_ORDER 1234
# error The file boost/detail/endian.hpp needs to be set up for your CPU type.


Caleb Epstein
caleb dot epstein at gmail dot com

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