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Subject: [Boost-users] boost::endian::native_to_big_inplace fails with char
From: Martijn Otto (boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2019-03-18 15:47:55

I am having issues with boost::endian:native_to_big_inplace when used
with a char. Whatever you try to 'reverse' comes out as 0.

Looking through the code, on little endian machines it calls
endian_reverse (as expected). This function has no overload for a char
and it then gets promoted to an int.

Since the int _is_ actually larger than 1 byte, something gets
reversed. The native_to_big_inplace then returns it as a char,
narrowing the int and throwing away all the relevant bits, resulting in
a 0.

I found an issue on github about this:
an/issues/10 about exactly this issue. The bug is easily shown if you
try to compile

static_assert(sizeof(boost::endian::endian_reverse('y')) ==

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