[Haskell-cafe] Endian conversion

Benjamin Franksen benjamin.franksen at bessy.de
Fri Oct 7 10:39:29 EDT 2005

On Friday 07 October 2005 14:50, Benjamin Franksen wrote:
> First a version that should work (at least it compiles) for poke:
> \begin{code}
> instance (Storable a) => Storable (Endian a) where
>     sizeOf (Endian a _) = sizeOf a
>     alignment (Endian a _) = alignment a
>     pokeByteOff p i (Endian a b) =
>         if getHostByteOrder == b
>             then pokeByteOff p i a
>             else pokeByteOff p (sizeOf a - 1  - i) a
> \end{code}

Note that even this breaks down for more complex types (i.e. records). 
For instance, with the obvious Storable instance of (Int16,Int16), the 
elements will get swapped, too. I can't see how to solve this in a 
generic way.


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