wow, there are more win64 apps than I thought...

Francois Gouget fgouget at
Sat Dec 20 19:00:14 CST 2008

On Sat, 20 Dec 2008, Roderick Colenbrander wrote:

> > Dan Kegel a écrit :
> > > I updated with a list
> > > of some win64 apps.  There are lots more than I
> > > expected.
> > >
> > >   
> > 
> >  From the Wiki:
> > 
> > "One of the major differences is the size of the "long" type, which is 
> > 64 bit in Linux but 32 bit in Windows"
> > 
> > Why is that so ? Shouldn't a "long" be always 32 bits ?
> > 
> On Windows the size is constant so 32-bit but on linux it is 64-bit.

And it's not just Linux. As far as I know a long is 64bits on 
every 64bit platform out there, except for Windows. It's certainly true 
for all the Unices (HP-UX, Dec, Solaris, FreeBSD, etc). And really 
that's the way long is meant to be.

But Microsoft decided that since Windows application programmers have 
never encountered the word 'portability' even once in their life, they 
could not be expected to have understood the difference between 'int' 
and 'long', and thus would likely be so upset if 'long' where ever to 
change size that they might commit suicide in droves. So they decided 
that 'long' would remain 32bits.

Francois Gouget <fgouget at>    
           If it stinks, it's chemistry. If it moves, it's biology.
                  If it does not work, It's computer science.

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