[docs] [issue32853] struct's docstring implies alignment is always performed

Eli_B report at bugs.python.org
Thu Feb 15 11:52:04 EST 2018

New submission from Eli_B <eli.boyarski at gmail.com>:

In module struct's docstring, it says:
The optional first format char indicates byte order, size and alignment:\n
  @: native order, size & alignment (default)\n
  =: native order, std. size & alignment\n
  <: little-endian, std. size & alignment\n
  >: big-endian, std. size & alignment\n
  !: same as >\n
The wording sounds like either native or standard alignment is performed, regardless of the optional first format char.

In comparison, the table in https://docs.python.org/3.8/library/struct.html#byte-order-size-and-alignment states that in all modes other than the default, no alignment is performed. This is the actual behavior of the module.

assignee: docs at python
components: Documentation
messages: 312214
nosy: Eli_B, docs at python
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: struct's docstring implies alignment is always performed
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.8

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