If the source is an array of strings then the original assumption will still hold, assuming that each string contains an ASCII number which will become a single char in the output.|
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On Aug 31, 2020, at 6:17 AM, Zimoch Dirk (PSI) via Core-talk <core-talk at aps.anl.gov> wrote:
What if the source record is an array of strings? Concatenate the strings? Take only the first one? Try to parse numbers from the elements?
What it that source string array contains 1 element?
Von: Zimoch Dirk (PSI)
Gesendet: Montag, 31. August 2020 13:03
An: 'Johnson, Andrew N.' <anj at anl.gov>
Betreff: AW: Opinions please, what should this database do
I don't know if that change would break things in case the arrays are really meant to be arrays of 8-bit integers, not long strings.
Would anyone want to convert the string "42" to the 1 element array  instead of to ['4','2',0]'? Who knows?
field(VAL, "This is a string")
The lsi record's Soft Channel device support copies the string from the si record into the lsi.VAL field through its INP link. You can point an lsi link to either a DBF_STRING or an array of DBF_CHARs and it will handle either type.
Should the aai and waveform records also get copies of that string when they process?
Currently the aai.INP and wf.INP links read the si.VAL field and attempt to parse the string into an 8-bit integer, which they would then use to set the first element of their char arrays. The word “This” isn’t a valid integer, so the parsing
fails and both arrays remain empty.
I am considering making changes to the type conversion routines that would make the aai and waveform device supports Do What I Mean in the above cases, at the risk of breaking some very obscure conversions between strings and arrays of
char (but not arrays of UCHAR). There would probably be some similar changes in the other direction too.
Any objections? Comments?
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