On Sat, Nov 09, 2013 at 10:03:56PM +0100, Thomas Rast wrote:

> > Of course. You write little endian and also read back little endian;
> > that should work just fine, no?
> >
> > OTOH, if you write with Intel and read with PPC, then you should observe
> > misbehavior with the above patch.
> Maybe you could check in a simple test that the bitmap for a very
> predictable pack (e.g. only one commit) has a certain content, by
> checking its hash.  That would guard against accidental format changes.

Another option would be to cross-check reading and writing against JGit,
which is valuable for other reasons besides checking endianness. I do
not think most people will have JGit installed, but it's better than
nothing (and if even one person runs it, we have a chance of finding a

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