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Subject: Re: [boost] Fixed point structure size
From: Phil Endecott (spam_from_boost_dev_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-06-25 18:01:13

Soren Holstebroe wrote:
> An important feature of the fixed point template is that it takes up
> no more space than the underlying integer.
> It should be possible to use reinterpret_cast to convert a third party
> integer pointer (representing fixed ints) to a fixed point template
> pointer.
> The way I ensure that in my fixed point template is with a #pragma:
> #pragma pack(push, 1)
> ... template struct ...
> #pragma pack(pop)
> This is supported by MSVC++ as well as gcc. However it is only defacto
> standard, so it might not work on any other compiler.
> Is there a more standard way to make sure that the struct is not
> padded to some memory alignment size?

- and let the user worry about what they need to add if the assertion fails.

In my (limited) experience, the only place where this would be a
problem is on the old ARM ABI where struct alignment is normally always
at least 4 bytes even if the struct only contains one byte. gcc's
__attribute__((packed)) fixes that.


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