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# Interpreting Pascal REAL variables

## Interpreting Pascal REAL variables

(OP)
I have the challenge of loading data out of a file that was created by a Borland Pascal (v7) program.  The file was a typed file, and had Records written to it, some of the fields of which are of type "real".

I stumbled on Thread935-574230 through Google, and thought someone here might be able to help.

Basically, I need to interpret the binary Real value and recalculate it into a number I can use.

So far I've determined a Real is 6 bytes long (48bits). I found this page:
http://docs.sun.com/db/doc/801-5055/6hvhckkeh?a=view

Which helps a little, but only addresses 32bit and 64bit reals... (plus, I have to admit, I haven't yet determined exactly what to do with the mantissa, exponent and remainder...)

### RE: Interpreting Pascal REAL variables

I know this isn't what you're after, but you could try object oriented (my knowledge of this is very limited). I think you can use variables used by other people, without knowing the source, in a program or extension you have written. But then again, I guess the origonal needs to be OOP aswell.

Could you elaborate on what you *actually* have regarding the value of the real?

~*Gwar3k1*~
"To the pressure, everything's just like: an illusion. I'll be losing you before long..."

### RE: Interpreting Pascal REAL variables

You know everything! *in awe*

~*Gwar3k1*~
"To the pressure, everything's just like: an illusion. I'll be losing you before long..."

### RE: Interpreting Pascal REAL variables

(OP)
Thanks for finding the info... I've successfully accomplished the binary conversion: Thread184-622842

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