%CNV_IP

Convert native integer data to portable form

WTSupported in traditional Synergy on Windows
WNSupported in Synergy .NET on Windows
USupported on UNIX
VSupported on OpenVMS
portable = %CNV_IP(native_int)

Return value

portable

The converted data in portable form. It is the same size as native_int. (a)

Arguments

native_int

The native‑form integer field to convert. (i)

Discussion

%CNV_IP converts native‑form integer data to portable form.

When you use the integer data type, your data files are not portable between big‑endian and little‑endian machines. (If you don’t know what endian type your machine is, see Endian types) You can use the %CNV_IP intrinsic function to convert your integer data to portable form, so it can be interpreted by Synergy DBL systems running on different machine architectures. For example, you might want to use %CNV_IP to maintain a file that must be accessed by machines with differing architectures over a network like NFS.

To convert your data back to native form, use %CNV_PI. (See %CNV_PI.) Usually you will call %CNV_IP and %CNV_PI to convert integers directly within a data record before it is written out. By doing this, however, you must keep track of the data form (native or portable). Synergy DBL will not know the difference between a native integer and a portable integer.

Tip

For integer data in ISAM files on Windows and UNIX, we recommend using the portable integer specification, I=pos:len (or PORT_INT pos:len in XDL form).

Examples

The following routine writes an integer to a file in portable data format.

function wt_portable
    ch          ,n              ;Open channel
    int         ,i              ;Integer to convert and write to file
    size        ,n              ;Size of integer
record
    p_dat       ,a8             ;Portable integer data
proc
    p_dat(1:size) = %cnv_ip(int)                ;Convert integer to portable data
    puts(ch, p_dat(1:size))                     ; and write to file
    freturn (0)
endfunction