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From: Iain.Hanson_at_[hidden]
Date: 2002-02-27 10:11:19


Author: dmoore (dmoore_at_[hidden]) at unix,mime
Date: 27/02/02 14:42

>Fair enough, and once I thought about it, this is almost always
>known as compile time. Might complicate things like assignment
>operators or comparisons, but this is worth it to eliminate the
>common error of missing htons() on a port...

Yes. As far as possible, I would prefer that users do not need to
concern themselves with marshalling, except where absolutely
>As for the csocket.h, cinet.h, etc., you'll need one of these for
>each platform flavor, especially for the older IPv4 stuff.... To
>pick a specific example, some versions of BSD have an 8 bit length
>member in the sockaddr_in structure and an 8 bit address_family
>member, while Winsock and other Unices have a 16 bit address_family
>and no length member.
>I think you *can* reasonably "size" your structures in a common
>header based on public specifications/standards, but there is no
>getting around the fact that any platform independent library will
>need platform specific structure handling code for variations like
>the one above.

Sigh unfortuneately I see no way around this. Writting my own C
headers still seems like the simplest way of handling this. A lot
simpler than including the platform headers with there horrible

I think this should be possible in a single set of headers although
I may need some support from boost::config.


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