Really? AFAIK C++ strings handle null's just fine... they're
pascal-style strings, not c-style strings.

$ cat test.cc
#include <string>
#include <iostream>

int main() {
  std::string a("a\0b", 3);
  std::cout << a.size() << std::endl;
  return 0;
}
$ g++ -o test test.cc
$ ./test
3

Or are you saying that the decoder is buggy and somehow doesn't
actually populate the string object correctly?

On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM, Sumit Kumar <kumar.su...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> No you cant, on C++ bytes translates to string, wont allow for null.
>
> Regards,
> Sumit Kumar
>
> On 14 Mar, 2013, at 2:39 AM, Feng Xiao <xiaof...@google.com> wrote:
>
> You can just use bytes field.
>
> On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 5:38 AM, Giri Guntipalli <giri.guntipa...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>>
>> we need similar thing to hold binary data in proto message, where i can
>> not use string because binary data may have the null character in middle
>>
>>
>>
>> On Tuesday, 29 January 2013 14:30:31 UTC+5:30, prot...@googlecode.com
>> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> Comment #3 on issue 269 by xiaof...@google.com: Would like to have byte
>>> or
>>> int8 type for the message definition
>>> http://code.google.com/p/protobuf/issues/detail?id=269
>>>
>>> Re kumar.sumit:
>>> How are you going to use the byte field to implement a fixed length
>>> string?
>>> If byte can, why can't int32?
>>>
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