chickegg chickegg - 1 year ago 101
C Question

Casting uint8 to uint32

I am having some trouble casting uint8 and uin32 in embedded C. Here is the code I am using...

int b = 0;
u8 dt[4] = {0};
while (there_is_buffer(rbuf)) {
dt[b] = (u8)(popFront(rbuf));
if (b > 2) {
uint32_t _Recv = (uint32_t)dt;

/* xil_printf("data: %x%x%x%x\n\r",dt[3], dt[2], dt[1], dt[0]); */
xil_printf("data: %x\n\r", _Recv);
b = 0;

The printf statement that is commented out works fine, but the other one doesn't. What am I doing wrong in here? How can I cast the
array to uint32?

Answer Source

That's because dt is a pointer so when you cast it to uint32_t you just take its address as the value that will be stored in _Recv.

You should try casting it to a uint32_t and then dereference it:

uint32_t _Recv = *((uint32_t*)dt)

so that the address will be interpreted as a pointer to an unsigned int.

A more readable approach would be to build the value with shifts:

uint32_t _Recv = dt[3]<<24 | dt[2]<<16 | dt[1]<<8 | dt[0];

This will also allow you to manage endianness as you wish.