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Re: mips/mipsel

On Fri, 28 Apr 2000, Robert Barnes wrote:

> Could someone please drop me a short note explaining the difference between
> mips and mipsel??
> Which is appropriate to my Indy?

MIPS processors are special in that at reset time, they can choose to
be either big-endian or little-endian. "mips" is the architecture name if
the CPU is used in big-endian mode, "mipsel" is for little-endian.

little-endian means that the least significant byte of a word is stored
first in memory (at the lower address); big-endian means that the most
significant byte is stored first.

Your Indy is big endian, so "mips" is the proper architecture for you.



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