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Moving to AMD64 bit and porting issues
- From: "Ernest L. Williams Jr." <ernesto at ornl dot gov>
- To: GCC-Help <gcc-help at gcc dot gnu dot org>
- Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2005 01:26:12 -0400
- Subject: Moving to AMD64 bit and porting issues
I have been going down the 64-bit only path for building C/C++
applications. Of course, I have been running into portability issues
when converting older 32-bit apps to build/run on a 64-bit OS.
Specifically in my case; I am using an AMD64 running RedHat Enterprise
Linux WS Release 4 update 2 (RHEL4 WS up2). So, the version of GCC
[williams@sns-hp-eval1 medm]$ gcc -v
Reading specs from /usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-redhat-linux/3.4.4/specs
Configured with: ../configure --prefix=/usr --mandir=/usr/share/man --
infodir=/usr/share/info --enable-shared --enable-threads=posix --
disable-checking --with-system-zlib --enable-__cxa_atexit --disable-
libunwind-exceptions --enable-java-awt=gtk --host=x86_64-redhat-linux
Thread model: posix
gcc version 3.4.4 20050721 (Red Hat 3.4.4-2)
When I compile an old 32-bit app, the build works but at run-time it
crashes and burns. Well, it has to do with using "NULL" versus "0"
Now here is a portability question:
Should we use "NULL" to represent a null pointer or "0" to represent a
When I replace "0" with NULL in the code the crash no longer occurred.
What else can I expect when moving 32-bit apps to the 64-bit platform.