[Buildroot] endian issue

Grant Edwards grant.b.edwards at gmail.com
Sat May 15 14:43:29 UTC 2010

On 2010-05-15, Lionel Landwerlin <llandwerlin at gmail.com> wrote:
> Le samedi 15 mai 2010 ?? 15:47 +0200, Marcel a ??crit :
>> I'm using an Atmel sam9g45 using buildroot with linux 2.6.33.
>> I currently have most of my things working but run into an issue which is 
>> endian related.
> The endianness configuration of your processor isn't something you
> can usually change 'on-the-fly'. It's usually set up early in the
> boot process.

While the endian configuration of the ARM9 core can be changed, the
AT91 peripherals are little-endian.  In theory, he should be able to
run the ARM9 core in big-endian mode, but a running uC core without
any working peripherals is surprisingly useless.

> So you have to choose whether you want to compile all your system in
> big or little endian, you can select that from the buildroot
> architecture configuration (arm -> little, armeb -> big, for
> example).

In this case, he has to choose little-endian.

[I've never seen an ARM-based uController that had peripherals with
configurable endianess -- are there any?]

>> Is there any way to compile my package in big-endian mode from
>> buildroot? Or is there another way I should force this?
> You can't select that for 1 package, it's for the whole system or
> nothing. Otherwise, the smartest approch would be to make endian
> detection (at compile time or at running time) to adapt your
> processing algorithm.

Yep, the OP's should driver should return data in host-order.

Otherwise, he'll have to suffer the guilt of knowing that a few years
from now some poor sod who inherits the code will have a stroke from
the effort required to resist the urge to track down the OP and slap
him silly.


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