BASM question

Posted on 2006-11-20
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Last Modified: 2010-04-05
Hopefully Rlibby wont want to rip my head off for this one, he explained it and well i still don't get it..

 s: String;
 s:='hello world';
  lea eax,s;
  call uniquestring;  //fine

  mov eax,s;
  call showmessage;  //fine

//example works.

procedure UniqueString(var S: string);

Following a call to SetString, S is guaranteed to reference a unique string; that is, a string with a reference count of one. For normal string handling, there is no need to ever call UniqueString. Only in cases where an application casts a string to a PChar and then modifies the contents of the string must UniqueString be used.

procedure ShowMessage(const Msg: string);


Call ShowMessage to display a simple message box with an OK button. The Msg parameter is the message string that appears in the message box. The name of the application's executable file appears as the caption of the message box.

So, unique string requires a POINTER to the data where as show message requires the data....

now here's

  lea eax,s;
  call uniquestring;  //fine


  mov eax,s;
  call showmessage;  //fine


Now this is where i'm confused, I look up the address of Lea Eax,s; I was expecting to see the String but instead i  don't see the String..

but now when i look up the address of Mov Eax,S; and i actually pin point it in memory, i actually find the data i'm looking for..

So if lea does not pass in the address, what exactly is it passing? look at the screenshots and you'll see my confusion..

is Lea Eax,Str;
the same as saying Eax:=@Str; ?

Question by:tobjectpascal
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Russell Libby earned 200 total points
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>> Now this is where i'm confused, I look up the address of Lea Eax,s; I was expecting to see the String but instead i  don't see
>> the String..

Of course, your seeing the address of the variable, not the contents. Keep in mind that a String variable contents are a pointer to the memory allocated for a string.

For example, given the following memory location and the follwing 16 bytes of memory starting at that location:

$00004000 [0001000000000000]

If variable X (integer, pointer, string, etc) is located at address $00004000, then


will move the 4 byte content (in this case [0001]) into EAX, making EAX = 1. If we are talking about a string, then it would move the string pointer (which is the address where the string exists) into EAX.

But calling:


will move the address of X into EAX, in this case $00004000. As to this question:

>> Is Lea Eax,Str;
>> the same as saying Eax:=@Str; ?

Yes, or better put, it would be like:


But of course this won't compile, again the reason LEA is used instead of MOV for
var paramters.



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by:Russell Libby
ID: 17985022
Or another way to see it...

var  S:       String;

  S:='Hello world';
  ShowMessage(Format('Contents of string S are at: %p', [Pointer(s)]));
  ShowMessage(Format('Address of string S is: %p', [Addr(s)]));


Author Comment

ID: 17987346
You know them plastic dogs with a stick and then a weighted head which when you press on it, it starts nodding.....

I'm similar to one of them right now... I get the jist of it, and i certainly understand what your saying, thank you again :)

Author Comment

ID: 17987376

something just clicked, i understand perfectly..

ah, you end up passing the pointer of a pointer or a pointer address of where the pointer is sitting....

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by:Russell Libby
ID: 17987478

Sounds like you have it now, as I just heard the "click"... ;-)



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