Re: FFI and endian conversion

On 25 Jul 2012 11:44, "Mike Pall" <mike-1207@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> It's a low-level API, so the magic is limited. But it's easy
> enough to add this functionality yourself:
>
>   local ffi = require("ffi")
>   local bit = require("bit")
>
>   local function n32(x) return x end
>   local n16 = n32
>   if ffi.abi("le") then
>     local shr = bit.rshift
>     n32 = bit.bswap
>     function n16(x) return shr(n32(x), 16) end
>   end
>
> Then use n32(foo.field) or n16(foo.field) to access fields in
> network byte order (aka ntohl or ntohs).
>

I have been using ffi metatypes to add these accessors so you do not need
to explicitly convert. Eg so x.sin_port is in network byte order but you
can use x.port to get the host byte order using the metatable.

You could also hide any alignment issues using metatables.

Justin

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