"Pavan Deolasee" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> The MAXIMUM_ALIGNOF value is set to 8 bytes in a Windows- 32-bit
> environment. I have very little knowledge about Windows, but at
> the face of it, this looks strange. Any idea why is this required ?

It's not entirely unreasonable.  The same thing happens on HPPA,
which is nominally a 32-bit architecture but the hardware requires
8-byte alignment of doubles (and maybe int64 too, I forget).
On newer Intel hardware it'd make sense to pad to avoid misaligned
fetches.

Anyway, we detect this directly based on the C compiler's behavior,
and you can't argue with the compiler about it.  Whatever it's
doing is right by definition.

                        regards, tom lane

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