moving disks between archs

James Tanis jtanis at
Fri Feb 10 23:09:26 PST 2006

On 2/11/06, Kris Kennaway <kris at> wrote:
> > >
> >
> > That would imply that endianness is a function of the OS/filesystem
> > rather than the architecture, which is wrong.
> Maybe on solaris, but not on other OSes such as FreeBSD.

There's probably some sort of extra abstraction layer then, wouldn't
be too surprising as that would be a pretty BSD thing to do. In that
case though one would think more, if not all, of the file systems in
BSD would work similarly. In any case, their really isn't such a thing
as endian-neutrality at the raw/physical layer obviously, I can only
guess this is just achieved in BSD through using an API that was
designed to recognize endianess and do the byte-swapping if necessary.

James Tanis
jtanis at

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