[J3] Question to "The CFI_section function"

Bill Long longb at cray.com
Tue Nov 12 17:16:25 EST 2019

> On Nov 12, 2019, at 9:11 AM, Steve Lionel via J3 <j3 at mailman.j3-fortran.org> wrote:
> On 11/12/2019 7:24 AM, Tobias Burnus via J3 wrote:
>> Follow-up question: what are the 'lower_bound's after a call to CFI_establish (
>> For allocatables, the input is a null pointer/deallocated. And for pointers, there is "if the attribute argument has the value CFI_attribute_pointer, the lower bounds of the object described by dv are set to zero."
>> But what's about CFI_attribute_other? Shall they also start at 0 – like most descriptors on the C side? Or at 1 as they would in Fortran or …? The following sentence "The remaining properties of the object are given by the other arguments." does not really help.
> In the C descriptor world, arrays start at zero as they do in C. The only way they can become non-zero is through argument association, allocation or pointer association as specified in 18.5.3p3. For non-pointer, not-allocatable objects (this means "other"), the lower bounds are supposed to be always zero. I'm not seeing a problem with the wording in that paragraph, though like a lot of the standard, your mind has to fill in blanks from elsewhere in the text.

Right.  The “other” category is usually for the C equivalent of an explicit-shape array.  The method for declaring an array in C involves specifying the extents for each dimension and not bounds.  The lower bounds are implicitly 0.   Thus, the construction of a descriptor for such an array involves passing the extents, and not bounds. 


>> PS: Are there already some (draft) corrigenda for Fortran 2018? I haven't seen any, but I might have missed them.
> Not yet.

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