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5.47.6 Structure-Packing Pragmas

For compatibility with Win32, GCC supports a set of #pragma directives which change the maximum alignment of members of structures, unions, and classes subsequently defined. The n value below always is required to be a small power of two and specifies the new alignment in bytes.

  1. #pragma pack(n) simply sets the new alignment.
  2. #pragma pack() sets the alignment to the one that was in effect when compilation started (see also command line option -fpack-struct[=<n>] see Code Gen Options).
  3. #pragma pack(push[,n]) pushes the current alignment setting on an internal stack and then optionally sets the new alignment.
  4. #pragma pack(pop) restores the alignment setting to the one saved at the top of the internal stack (and removes that stack entry). Note that #pragma pack([n]) does not influence this internal stack; thus it is possible to have #pragma pack(push) followed by multiple #pragma pack(n) instances and finalized by a single #pragma pack(pop).