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Subject: Re: What even happened to <net> and byte swapping?
From: Matthew Woehlke (mwoehlke.floss_at_[hidden])
Date: 2021-02-26 11:43:36


On 26/02/2021 10.48, David Bakin via Std-Discussion wrote:
> I believe it would be more aligned with the C++ philosophy that this newly
> standardized feature be as fundamental as possible - as close to the metal
> as possible - and thus be a byte-swap proposal and not a
> "make-it-this-endian" proposal. "make-it-this-endian" is built from two
> lower level primitives: is_little_endian? and byteswap. To standardize
> "make-it-this-endian" would leave the use cases needing simply byteswap out
> in the non-standardized cold. And yet it would be easy to _build_
> "make-it-this-endian" on top of is_little_endian? (now called `std::endian`
> in C++20) and byteswap.

Yes, but given that most uses *are* "make it this endian", it would be
silly to not have that as well. It's probably best to offer both.

-- 
Matthew

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