[New-bugs-announce] [issue8469] struct - please make sizes explicit

Mads Kiilerich report at bugs.python.org
Tue Apr 20 14:30:50 CEST 2010

New submission from Mads Kiilerich <mads at kiilerich.com>:

The struct module is often used (at least by me) to implement protocols  and binary formats. That makes the exact sizes (number of bits/bytes) of the different types very important.

Please add the sizes to for example the table on http://docs.python.org/library/struct . I know that some of the sizes varies with the platform, and in these cases it is fine to define it in terms of the C types, but for Python programmers writing cross-platform code such variable types doesn't matter and are "never" used. (I assume that it is possible to specify all possible types in a cross-platform way, but I'm not sure and the answer is not obvious from the documentation.)

components: Library (Lib)
messages: 103699
nosy: kiilerix
severity: normal
status: open
title: struct - please make sizes explicit
versions: Python 2.6

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