[U-Boot-Users] 32 bit alignment

Wolfgang Denk wd at denx.de
Tue Feb 4 16:46:37 CET 2003

In message <Pine.LNX.4.52.0302041515420.2901 at mag.devdep.sysgo.de> you wrote:
> > address. The result is that I get the value from the address _before_
> > the marked address (which belongs to the same 32 bit aligned dword).
> > This makes the whole network code break which assumes that it can lay
> > arbitrary data structures over the piece of memory.
> This is standard behaviour on ARMs, if the alignment exception is
> configured to be ignored. The EA is internally simply anded with ~3.
> There are 2 ways to handle this:
> 1) Implement an alignment exception handler (have fun)
> 2) Don't access unaligned data. Use byte accesses instead.

And 2) is what's being  used  in  U-Boot  so  far.  Obviously  Robert
stumbles over a piece of code that escaped me so far...

Best regards,

Wolfgang Denk

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