No complaints here. The edge case remains solved on the low MHZ 32 bit
The reason I never saw any problem in all my test configurations was
that gcc 4.4 is the oldest compiler I have in any of the configurations
I am using. I could have been more specific in my original mail on the
subject but it was tested with a 32bit cross compiler as well as a 64bit
Many thanks to all who helped draw this odd ball case to closure.