(j3.2006) (SC22WG5.3829) Please tell me I'm wrong

Robert Corbett Robert.Corbett
Fri Dec 19 04:04:03 EST 2008

Andy Vaught wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Dec 2008, Robert Corbett wrote:
>>I have given some consideration to the final point.  The restriction
>>that C_LOC cannot be applied to an array that is not contiguous seems
>>to be unnecessary for most types on most architectures.  I am not sure
>>if it csn work for arrays of type CHARACTER on machines where the
>>smallest addressable unit is larger than a byte, but other than that,
>>I see no need for the restriction.
>>If C_LOC is extended to allow actual arguments that are not contiguous,
>>one further extension is needed to make it useful, namely, a way to
>>access the strides.  The intrinsic function SHAPE provides an array of
>>the extents of the array.  A function, say C_STRIDE, could provide an
>>array of strides.
>>Given those two extensions, a C function could be written to access the
>>elements of an assumed-shape or deferred-shape array.  The form of the
>>prototype for the function might be
>>     foo(int rank, void* address, size_t extent[restrict],
>>         ptrdiff_t stride[restrict], ...)
> Wouldn't you get the same thing from the TR for portable C access to
> fortran array descriptors?

Yes, the TR give me all the information that is in the
descriptors and more.

Bob Corbett

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