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Posted on 2001-09-12
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Through java how can i find out whether my system is BigEndian or littleEndian?
                       
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by:lawpan
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What do you mean? What is BigEndian and LittleEndian?
Some OS system?
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by:kapil009
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Everything in Java binary format files is stored big-endian, MSB(Most Significant Byte) first. . This means if you use only Java, all files are done the same way on all platforms Mac, PC, Solaris, etc. The problem comes when you must exchange data files with some program not written in Java that uses little-endian order, most commonly C on the PC. Some platforms use big-endian order internally (Mac, IBM 390); some use little-endian order (Intel).
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please go through the down url to know about endians.

http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci211659,00.html
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Igor Bazarny earned 100 total points
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Hi,

I don't know whether it's possible in pure java, but it should be possible using native methods, just write some bytes into byte array from java and convert them to short or int at c side. If bytes are different, you will see the big/little endian difference.

Regards,
Igor Bazarny,
Brainbench MVP for Java 1
www.brainbench.com

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