Nah, for one thing, I don't have an rc, and for another, I
have two OBSD machines, one x86, the  other Sparc, side by
side, same level of code (OBSD-current) and one connects while
t'other don't.

I guess it's a 32 bit vs 64 bit issue.

In this case I assume it's an issue of variable packing. E.g., 
the two compilers pack a structure like this

struct x {
   char a;
   int b;

in a different way.

What I'm not getting is why "strace" or "ltrace" won't work for 

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