Wireshark-dev: [Wireshark-dev] Alignment warnings - don't ignore them!
From: Guy Harris <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2007 11:23:09 -0800
[email protected] wrote:

User: morriss
Date: 2007/11/08 07:13 PM

 Don't cast pinfo->src.data to (const mtp3_addr_pc_t *) unless we *know* it's
 an MTP3 PC in there (else we get a bus error on SPARC systems).
Yup, SPARC processors don't support unaligned references, even though 
x86/x86-64, S/390 and z/Architecture, and PowerPC processors do.  If GCC 
warns about a pointer type conversion from a type with one alignment 
requirement to a type with stricter alignment requirements, believe the 
(README.developer mentions the alignment issues in some places, but it 
doesn't mention that issue - it mainly talks about assuming that 
pointers to raw packet data are aligned.)