Big Endian archtectures

Jim McDonough/Boulder/IBM jmcd at
Mon Oct 30 18:34:39 GMT 2000

Whoops, I should have copied the list....I'll try to remember what I said.

I'm running on AIX and PPCLinux, and I can confirm your fears.  I'd offer
you access to my machines, but they're inside a firewall.

One specific bug I've run into (so has Greg Dickie on IRIX) is that in the
Printers admin share, the Unicode strings get byte-swapped, and the result
is that all the printer names, descriptions, etc. appear as a string of
blocks.  This patch works around it, but I'm not comfortable with it...
(See attached file: bigendian.Printersshare.patch)

I'm trying to get more familiar with the code so I can make a real fix to


Jim McDonough
Infoprint Manager Development
Linux Technology Center
IBM Boulder

Notes: Jim McDonough/Boulder/IBM @ IBMUS
Internet: jmcd at

Phone: (303) 924-5822
T/L: 263-5822

Gerald Carter <gcarter at> on 10/30/2000 11:04:11 AM

Sent by:  samba-technical-admin at

To:   samba-technical at
Subject:  Big Endian archtectures


How many people are testing the Samba 2.2 branch on bid endian
platforms?  I've got a bad feeling that there are a lot
of big endian related rpc struct parsing errors.  Can anyone
confirm or dispell my fears?

Cheers, jerry
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