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Pointer Q

Let's say, I define this:

type TMyRecord = record
      SomeString: String[255];
      AnotherOne: String[255];
      AnInteger: Integer;
     end;
type PMyRecord = ^TMyRecord;

what's the best way to use this?

So far I use:

var pmr: PMyRecord;
begin
  GetMem(pmr, SizeOf(TMyRecord));
  //Do my Stuff
  FreeMem(pmr, SizeOf(pmr));
end;

Now where's the difference to using

New(pmr);
Dispose(pmr);

Regards,
Oli
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CesarioCommented:
Hi Oli,

Example :

Type
  MyBuffer = Array[1..5000] of Byte;

VAR
 Buffer = ^MyBuffer;


Begin
  New(Buffer );    // reserve 5000 Byte for the Buffer
 

  GetMem ( Buffer,100);   // reserve only 100 byte for the buffer
 
 
End;
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Oli2Author Commented:
okay, got that.

What about my code, I'm not sure if it's right to
set the Size to SizeOf(TMyRecord) at GetMem() and
to set it to SizeOf(pmr) at FreeMem().

Is that okay, or would it be better to set the Size
to SizeOf(TMyRecord) at FreeMem() also?

Regards,
Oli
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CesarioCommented:
Hi Oli2,

Just use new and dispose.

I use GetMem, Ich I receive a Packet via Socket, and the Size of this packet is smaller than the buffer.
So I dont need to allocate 50000 byte.

Best Regards

Cesario
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geobulCommented:
Hi Oli,
The right way is to free as much memory as you have got. So:

GetMem(pmr, SizeOf(TMyRecord));
...
FreeMem(pmr, SizeOf(TMyRecord));

Regards, Geo
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Oli2Author Commented:
thanx for your help.
I accept Cesario's comment as an answer since he was the first to post a comment and he answered my first question about the difference between GetMem() and New().
But also thanx to you, Geo, I hope it's okay to you that I give Cesario the points.

Regards,
Oli
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CesarioCommented:
Thanx for the points ;.)
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geobulCommented:
Yes, it's OK.
Regards, Geo
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