Re: [PATCH v2] arch: Kconfig: Let all little endian architectures define CPU_LITTLE_ENDIAN explicitly

From: Chen Gang
Date: Wed Aug 13 2014 - 03:40:00 EST

On 8/13/14 14:51, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 08/12/2014 10:32 PM, Chen Gang wrote:
>> Yeah, we need.
>>> The solution you suggest assumes that an arch is either little or big endian.
>>> But we cannot ignore the hybriads that can do both.
>> For the architectures which can do both, for me, they are: sh, powerpc,
>> m32r, and mips (may mark CPU_LITTLE_ENDIAN), also are: arm/arm64, and
>> c6x (may mark !CPU_BIG_ENDIAN).
>> For the architectures which only support little endian: x86, and ia64.
>> The left, I assumes they are big endian (no any 'ENDIAN' can be found
>> in their Kconfig files). In my memory, except related with Intel, all
>> are (or support) big endian.
> I'm quite certain that is wrong. From memory, for example, I believe
> CRIS is littleendian, and sure enough:
> : tazenda 103 ; less arch/cris/include/uapi/asm/byteorder.h
> #include <linux/byteorder/little_endian.h>
> #endif

OK, what you said sounds reasonable to me. After search "endian" in
"./arch", xtensa also can be support both big endian or little endian.

> As far as I know, endianism is always a compile-time option on Linux, so
> we should be able to relatively easily define the architecture so that
> we either have hardwired littleendian, bigendian, or prompt.

Yeah, but that may break building and re-config manually. So it is still
necessary to check little endian or big endian during configuration time
("make *config").

Chen Gang

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