libfdt: Consistently use big-endian property data in testcases

Jon Loeliger jdl at
Tue Sep 18 05:24:25 EST 2007

So, like, the other day David Gibson mumbled:
> Flat device trees always have integers in their structure stored as
> big-endian.  From this point of view, property values are
> bags-of-bytes and any endianness is up to users of the device tree to
> determine.
> The libfdt testcases which use properties with integer values,
> currently use native endian format for the architecture on which the
> testcases are run.  This works ok for now, since both the creation and
> checking of the example device trees happen in the same endianness.
> This will become a problem, however, for tests of dtc which we want to
> add in the nearish future.  dtc always uses big-endian format for
> 'cell' format data in properties; as it needs to in order to produce
> powerpc-usable device trees when hosted on a little-endian
> architecture.
> This patch, therefore, changes the libfdt testsuite to use big-endian
> format always for integer format data, in order to interoperate sanely
> with future dtc testcases.  This also means that the example trees
> created by the testsuite should now be byte-for-byte identical
> regardless of dtc and libfdt's host platform, which is arguably an
> advantage.
> Signed-off-by: David Gibson <david at>



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