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Dear experts,
I need to know how to write a platform-indep C/C++ code that get the platform of the running machine. I need to know whether it is a big endian or little endian machine.

Thanx for fast response,
Amr
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   int data = 0;
    char *p = (char*)&data;
    p[0] = 1;
    p[1] = 2;
    p[2] = 3;
    p[3] = 4;
    if(data == 0x01020304)
        std::cout<<"big endian"<<std::endl;
    else
        std::cout<<"little endian"<<std::endl;
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http://upc.pkmn.co.uk/win32/littleend.html

inline int IsLittleEndian(){
  int i = 1 ;
  return (*((char *) &i )) ? 1 : 0;
}

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