TRANSFER— Transfer bit patterns
Interprets the bitwise representation of SOURCE in memory as if it is the representation of a variable or array of the same type and type parameters as MOLD.
This is approximately equivalent to the C concept of casting one type to another.
Fortran 90 and later
RESULT = TRANSFER(SOURCE, MOLD[, SIZE])
|SOURCE||Shall be a scalar or an array of any type.|
|MOLD||Shall be a scalar or an array of any type.|
|SIZE||(Optional) shall be a scalar of type
The result has the same type as MOLD, with the bit level representation of SOURCE. If SIZE is present, the result is a one-dimensional array of length SIZE. If SIZE is absent but MOLD is an array (of any size or shape), the result is a one- dimensional array of the minimum length needed to contain the entirety of the bitwise representation of SOURCE. If SIZE is absent and MOLD is a scalar, the result is a scalar.
If the bitwise representation of the result is longer than that of SOURCE, then the leading bits of the result correspond to those of SOURCE and any trailing bits are filled arbitrarily.
When the resulting bit representation does not correspond to a valid
representation of a variable of the same type as MOLD, the results
are undefined, and subsequent operations on the result cannot be
guaranteed to produce sensible behavior. For example, it is possible to
LOGICAL variables for which
.NOT.VAR both appear to be true.
PROGRAM test_transfer integer :: x = 2143289344 print *, transfer(x, 1.0) ! prints "NaN" on i686 END PROGRAM