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From: Robert Ramey (ramey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-10-30 12:50:46

Vladimir Prus wrote:

>do binary streams have any kinds of signature at the beginning? When I send
>just empty vector<int> to a binary stream, I get file with 5 zeros, and I'm
>not sure what is it.

They do have a header that can be suppressed. I believe the draft #12 may
be broken here - try the next one.

>I'm asking because I just had a strange error: serialization lib asserted in
>some place. It turned out that I was reading from an incorrect position in a
>stream. If there were a signature and iarchive checked for this signature,
>the bug would be diagnosed much faster.

>What do you think?

I've thought about this and have some ideas but they are much lower
priority than other stuff

Robert Ramey

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