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Structure containing intptr

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From: Tien Pham

I am having problems with intptr. Or maybe i am not using it properly. What it is that i am having problem with is the marshaling a structure to an ptr. For instance, i have a structure declared as followed:

<StructLayout(LayoutKind.Sequential, Pack:=1)> Public Structure AG_Mem_Msg
Public dle As Byte
Public stx As Byte
Public addr As Short
Public status As Byte
Public command As Byte
Public subcode As Byte
Public param_cnt As Byte
Public byte_cnt_1 As Byte
Public mem_type As Byte
Public page_num As Byte
Public ofs_addr As Short
Public byte_cnt_2 As Byte
Public data_ptr As IntPtr
End Structure

The dataptr in this structure is the buffer that i will store my data for tranmitting out the comm port. It varies from 2 byte to a max of 243 bytes. I can assign all of the other values simply by

AG_Mem_Struct.dle = &H10
AG_Mem_Struct.stx = &H2
AG_Mem_Struct.addr = ((COMM.DRIVER_CFG.RTU_ADDR << 8) + (COMM.DRIVER_CFG.RTU_ADDR >> 8))
AG_Mem_Struct.status = 0
AG_Mem_Struct.command = &HB
AG_Mem_Struct.subcode = &H1
AG_Mem_Struct.param_cnt = &H1
AG_Mem_Struct.byte_cnt_1 = &H5
AG_Mem_Struct.mem_type = CByte(Me.cbx_MemType.SelectedIndex)
AG_Mem_Struct.page_num = CByte(Me.cbx_PageNum.SelectedIndex)
AG_Mem_Struct.ofs_addr = uiHex
AG_Mem_Struct.byte_cnt_2 = System.Convert.ToByte(Me.txt_AddCnt.Text, 16)

The question to this post is how can i store from 1....n number of bytes my data_ptr and copy it to the byte array?

I tried doing this but is failed on me.

I did not know how to index into a intptr so i had to put my data in an array the copy it to my pointer...
Dim array(1) As Byte
array(0) = &H10
Marshal.Copy(array, 0, AG_Mem_Struct.data_ptr, 2)

TMP_Q_DEF.TX_COUNT = 18 ' this is including the crc values

' i tried to copy the data to a temp array and then copy it to my buffer...
Dim TempPtr As IntPtr = Marshal.AllocHGlobal(TMP_Q_DEF.TX_COUNT)
Marshal.StructureToPtr(AG_Mem_Struct, TempPtr, True)
Marshal.Copy(TempPtr, TMP_Q_DEF.TX_PTR, 0, TMP_Q_DEF.TX_COUNT)

' i got an error. Also, don't you need to allocate memory for the dataptr?

Thank you!

Posted by a user from .NET 247 (

Jul 21 '05 #1
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