Signed bit fields

Henry Spencer henry at utzoo.UUCP
Sun Aug 28 15:04:24 AEST 1983

Alan Driscoll observes:

	If many C implementations botch bit fields, that's still no reason
	to avoid them.  Sounds like a reason to get a better compiler...

Sorry, Alan, but this is another manifestation of the self-centered,
"I'm-all-right-Jack" attitude that enrages people who are trying to
actually *use* other folks' "portable" software.  If my software is
being written only for use at my installation, OK.  But if it's being
written for export, then it is important for me to realize that there
are a lot of compilers out there that botch bitfields, and that it is
not in my power to change this.  This is ugly and unpleasant, but it's
the way the world is.  By its nature, writing highly portable software
involves accepting a lowest-common-denominator environment.
				Henry Spencer @ U of Toronto Zoology

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