On Thursday, 11 July 2019 at 18:46:57 UTC, Paul Backus wrote:

Casting from one type of pointer to another and slicing a pointer are both @system, by design.

Yes, I'm aware, there are no pointers in the code. The pointer was used here because it was the only way to solve the problem (but not in @safe).

What's the actual problem you're trying to solve? There may be a different way to do it that's @safe.

I want to make an array of bytes that has the bytes of the value passed. For example, if T = int, then I want an array of 4 bytes that has the 4 individual bytes of `s1` let's say. For long, an array of 8 bytes etc. Ideally, that would work with `ref` (i.e. the bytes of where the ref points to).

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