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On Fri, 01 Jul 2011 14:53:45 +0300
Nikos Chantziaras <realnc@...> wrote:
> You can alias them with a char* (a char pointer can alias everything in
> a valid and defined manner). What you do is use the char* to scan over
> the target type. And since a char is always guaranteed to be 8 bits,
> it's very suited for doing endian conversions.
Yes, that's true, but in my case another concern was having data
that is more easily human readable. A text file full of single-byte
data is harder to read than a file with full 64 or 32 bit strings.
For endian conversions, though, the char pointer is recommended.
But with the availability of the "-fno-strict-aliasing" option it
doesn't seem to matter which method is chosen.