Machine bit representations
Tue, 24 Jul 2001 22:35:58 -0500
> Is it possible in Haskell to access the underlying machine bit representation of a Float or Double value?
> I need to be able to be able to send this bit representation as a list of bytes in network byte order to a process running on a different platform (with a different host byte order to my platform).
> For reference, I run Haskell under Linux on Intel. The processes I want to communicate with run under Sun Solaris, Hitachi HPUX and Java everywhere.
> Any suggestions, for any Haskell translator much appreciated.
Look at encodeFloat and decodeFloat, documented in section 6.4.6 of The
Haskell 98 Report. They offer "efficient, machine-independent access to
the components of a floating-point number".