[TUHS] tangential unix question: whatever happened to NeWS?

Richard Salz rich.salz at gmail.com
Tue Jan 26 02:49:01 AEST 2021

> It had no XDR because it was "reader makes it right" and datatypes

> > were tagged.
>> That's the first I've heard of that and I really like it.  Most of the
>> time, you are on a network of machines that are the same, so why have
>> a network byte order, reader makes it right will just work.  Neat.
> I guess I don't quite understand that. I can get how it works for simple
> data types (integers, floating point numbers, perhaps strings) but it seems
> like it breaks

It was only for native types
https://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9629399/chap14.htm   The other things
-- struct, array, pointers, etc -- have rules.  See the link if you care
for nitty-gritty details.
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