Structure layout in big/little endian modes

Paweł Sikora
Thu Nov 24 08:00:00 GMT 2011

On Wednesday 23 of November 2011 19:33:01 Владимир Андреев wrote:
> Hello all!
> I have some lack of understanding how to write endianness independent
> definition of structure, which contains bit fields.
> For example, field, containing endpoint address in endpoint descriptor
> of USB device, can be defined as follow:
> struct EndpointAddress
> {
>     UnsignedByte EndpointNumber: 4;
>     UnsignedByte: 3;
>     UnsignedByte TransferDirection: 1;
> };
> All USB descriptors have little endian byte order (and filling
> starting from least significant bit). If I would run some code which
> uses such definition on big endian CPU, I will get incorrect result.

some times ago i've established a nice c++ wrapper for byteorder conversion
and operation on bits/bytes ranges. please see for core source parts on

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