[fpc-pascal] Implementation of variant records

Ralf Quint freedos.la at gmail.com
Sun Jul 7 02:55:29 CEST 2019

On 7/6/2019 12:21 PM, Florian Klaempfl wrote:
> Am 05.07.2019 um 13:53 schrieb Ralf Quint:
>> Shouldn't a PACKED Record guarantee that values are aligned at the byte
>> level?
> It does in TP, but the ISO says only that it shall be economised.
Well, the ISO is probably what has done most of the damage to Pascal. 
AFAIK, the ISO doesn't not actually specify any "packed record" per se, 
but there is an explicit PACK and UNPACK procedures to more economically 
store sets and arrays (and possibly records, I would have to look up the 
ISO text to be certain). For example this would be something to create 
bit fields, pretty much the only feature of C that I sometimes miss in 

For me, the use of packed records is a feature that facilitates the easy 
exchange of stored data between architectures, something that a lot of 
people these days with their mania about 64bit this and 64bit that are 
often forgetting or chose to ignore...


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