(j3.2006) (SC22WG5.3591) Assumed-type and Assumed-rank extensions for C Interop TR.

Aleksandar Donev donev1
Fri Jul 25 13:39:28 EDT 2008

On Friday 25 July 2008 08:52, Jim Xia wrote:

> And more, I don't understand this fragment
> type(*),target ? ? :: block(*)
> integer(8) ? ? ? ? :: nbytes
> Integer(8),pointer :: usable(:)
> call c_f_pointer (c_loc(block), usable, [nbytes*bit_size(usable)/8] )
> In particular, I don't understand what c_loc is used for since block is
> already an address. 
It is an assumed-shape ARRAY, not an address. We don't have that concept nor 
is anyone proposing we add it. It is passed by address, sure, but so are 
other assumed-shape arrays.

> Also I don't see any type "casting" happens here as 
> the example to demonstrate that.
You started with an array of unknown type, with which you can do nothing. Then 
you made a Fortran pointer of a known type (integer) point to it. Now you can 
do things with it. It is like doing:

usable => block(1:nbytes/8)


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