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13.2 Packed Types

The Pack aspect having the value True specifies that storage minimization should be the main criterion when selecting the representation of a composite type. 
Paragraphs 2 through 4 were moved to Annex J, “Obsolescent Features”. 

Static Semantics

For a full type declaration of a composite type, the following language-defined representation aspect may be specified:
The type of aspect Pack is Boolean. When aspect Pack is True for a type, the type (or the extension part) is said to be packed. For a type extension, the parent part is packed as for the parent type, and specifying Pack causes packing only of the extension part.
If directly specified, the aspect_definition shall be a static expression. If not specified (including by inheritance), the aspect is False. 

Implementation Advice

If a type is packed, then the implementation should try to minimize storage allocated to objects of the type, possibly at the expense of speed of accessing components, subject to reasonable complexity in addressing calculations. 
  If a packed type has a component that is not of a by-reference type and has no aliased part, then such a component need not be aligned according to the Alignment of its subtype; in particular it need not be allocated on a storage element boundary. 
The recommended level of support for the Pack aspect is: 
For a packed record type, the components should be packed as tightly as possible subject to the Sizes of the component subtypes, and subject to any record_representation_clause that applies to the type; the implementation may, but need not, reorder components or cross aligned word boundaries to improve the packing. A component whose Size is greater than the word size may be allocated an integral number of words. 
For a packed array type, if the Size of the component subtype is less than or equal to the word size, Component_Size should be less than or equal to the Size of the component subtype, rounded up to the nearest factor of the word size. 

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