http://d.puremagic.com/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=4572



--- Comment #7 from Steven Schveighoffer <schvei...@yahoo.com> 2010-08-04 
06:02:21 PDT ---
(In reply to comment #6)
> Thank you for your answer Steven.
> 
> > then, you must cast your data to a ubyte[].  But void[] can be implicitly 
> > cast
> > to from anything, so void[] wins here.
> 
> If you compile this program with dmd 2.047:
> 
> void main() {
>     auto v = new void[10];
>     ubyte a1, a2;
>     a1 = v;
>     v = a2;
> }
> 
> 
> It produces the errors:
> test.d(4): Error: cannot implicitly convert expression (v) of type void[] to
> ubyte
> test.d(5): Error: cannot implicitly convert expression (a2) of type ubyte to
> void[]

Yes, D does not convert non-arrays to void[].  You can do something like this:

v = (&a2)[0..1];

which is typically what is done.  ubyte[] provides no automatic conversion from
anything, including other array types.

> > But we can forgo all this stuff if we add a template parameter to read, so 
> > you
> > can specify exactly the type you want.  If you know your file is a bunch of
> > int's, you could do:
> > std.file.read!(int)();
> 
> It seems a good idea. So I presume std.file.read!(int[])(); reads a matrix.

Well, I would assume it would return an int[][], which probably would mean
nothing since arrays are pointer/length values, and any pointer/length values
read from a file would be bogus.  I'd say read should reject reading elements
that have references in them.

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