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I'm writing a Linux program that currently compiles and works fine on x86 and x86_64, and now I'm wondering if there's anything special I'll need to do to make it work on other architectures.
What I've heard is that for cross platform code I should:
- Don't assume anything about the size of a pointer, int or size_t
- Don't make assumptions about byte order (I don't do any bit shifting -- I assume gcc will optimize my power of two multiplication/division for me)
- Don't use assembly blocks (obvious)
- Make sure your libraries work (I'm using SQLite, libcurl and Boost, which all seem pretty cross-platform)
Is there anything else I need to worry about? I'm not currently targeting any other architectures, but I expect to support ARM at some point, and I figure I might as well make it work on any architecture if I can.
Also, regarding my second point about byte order, do I need to do anything special with text input? I read files with
getline(), so it seems like that should be done automatically as well.
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In my experience, once code works well on a couple architectures, it will port more easily to a third one. Killing HTML nodes from shell
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If you are doing any thing with any thing like networking code, you will have to make sure you align with netjob byte rule properly.. How do I compile on linux to share with all distributions?
I have ported device drivers from PPC to x86, and then to x86_64; in a few thousand lines, there were maybe a couple changes, primarily related to structure and integer ordering.. The only way to know for sure is to try it, of course..