FB_MEMCOPY


Copies a block of memory from a location to another

Syntax:
declare function fb_memcopy cdecl ( byref dst as any, byref src as any, byval bytes as uinteger ) as any ptr

Usage:
[result =] fb_memcopy( dst, src, bytes )

Parameters:
dst
starting address of destination memory
src
starting address of source memory
bytes
number of bytes to copy

Return Value:
The starting address of destination memory is returned.

Description:
fb_memcopy copies a given number of bytes from the memory location src to the memory location dst. Each starting address is taken from a reference to a variable or array element.
The memory areas must not overlap (otherwise, the copying is not guaranteed to work properly, especially depending on the platform). Use fb_memmove preferably when the memory areas do overlap (safer approach).
To avoid overflows, the valid memory areas pointed to by both src and dst must be at least equal in size to the number of bytes to be copied.

The underlying type of the objects pointed to by both the source and destination pointers are irrelevant for this function.
The function does not check for any terminating null character in the source area. It always copies exactly the given number of bytes.
The result is a binary copy of the data.

Note: In order to copy from/to memory referenced by a Pointer, it must be dereferenced first (or else specify in argument term the Byval keyword in front of the pointer name). Otherwise, fb_memcopy will try to copy the bytes from/to the pointer variable's memory location.

Examples:
Type Person
    Dim As ZString * 40 Name
    Dim As Integer age
End Type

Dim As ZString Ptr mynameptr = @"Pierre de Fermat"

Dim As Person person1, person2

' using fb_memcopy to copy string
fb_memcopy(person1.Name, *mynameptr, Len(*mynameptr) + 1)
person1.age = 46

' using fb_memcopy to copy structure
fb_memcopy(person2, person1, SizeOf(Person))

Print person2.Name, person2.age

Sleep
Output:
Pierre de Fermat             46

Differences from QB:
See also:
Back to Memory Functions
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