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A.9 The Generic Package Storage_IO

The generic package Storage_IO provides for reading from and writing to an in-memory buffer. This generic package supports the construction of user-defined input-output packages.
Static Semantics
The generic library package Storage_IO has the following declaration:
       with Ada.IO_Exceptions;
       with System.Storage_Elements;
          type Element_Type is private;
       package Ada.Storage_IO is
          pragma Preelaborate(Storage_IO);
          Buffer_Size : constant System.Storage_Elements.Storage_Count := implementation-defined;
          subtype Buffer_Type is System.Storage_Elements.Storage_Array(1..Buffer_Size);
          -- Input and output operations
          procedure Read (Buffer : in  Buffer_Type; Item : out Element_Type);
          procedure Write(Buffer : out Buffer_Type; Item : in  Element_Type);
          -- Exceptions
          Data_Error   : exception renames IO_Exceptions.Data_Error;
       end Ada.Storage_IO;
In each instance, the constant Buffer_Size has a value that is the size (in storage elements) of the buffer required to represent the content of an object of subtype Element_Type, including any implicit levels of indirection used by the implementation. The Read and Write procedures of Storage_IO correspond to the Read and Write procedures of Direct_IO (see A.8.4), but with the content of the Item parameter being read from or written into the specified Buffer, rather than an external file.


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