[fpc-pascal] Stupid question: is this safe?

Bart bartjunk64 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 12:39:40 CET 2010


Is it safe to do the following?

  W: Word;
  U: UInt64;

{$R-} //range checkin off

  U := $0000000100000000;
  W := U; // or W := Word(U);

I know that the value that i assigned to W is "wrong" (and I can
handle that), but does it trash memory or cause other serious

Context: I have to deal with string input of arbitrary length (only
digits) that I have to convert to a Value of type Word.
For this I use Val().

Val('$0000000100000000', W, Err) gives W = 0; Err = 0 (indicating
there was no error);

I do not want to use rangechecking and then a try .. except (this
would slow down code dramatically).

So I thought I might use Val('$0000000100000000', U, Err) (U being of
type UInt64)

This has the advantage that any string which represents a value >
High(QWord) wil set Err to > 0.
After that I would have to assign the value in U to W (after a check
that the value in U is not "invalid" in the context of my code).


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