Enums with raw values

Take the following example…

enum Test: Int {        
    case a, b, c         
    case d = 999999999999

var x = Test.d
withUnsafeBytes(of: &x) {
    for b in $0 {

This prints the following results:

So it appears that case d, being the fourth case in the enum, as a binary value of 3. Does this mean that the “Int” that is specified when the enum is defined is simply part of the particular enum type itself, and not physically stored as the true “binary value” of the variable?

Does this also mean that enums are limited to 256 cases?

Just wondering.

I am not familiar with the actual internals of the compiler, but it seems that compiler creates a raw values lookup table and stores the index into that table. It should not be limited to a byte size index, I think if the number of cases is really large, it will switch to a larger index.

AFAIK, the size of an enum is the smallest integer needed to hold the number of cases. So if you have less than 256 cases, it’ll only need one byte. If you have between 256 and 65536 cases, it’ll occupy 2 bytes:

enum E {
  case a0, b0, c0, d0, e0, f0, g0, h0, i0, j0, k0, l0, m0, n0, o0, p0, q0, r0, s0, t0, u0, v0, w0, x0, y0, z0
  case a1, b1, c1, d1, e1, f1, g1, h1, i1, j1, k1, l1, m1, n1, o1, p1, q1, r1, s1, t1, u1, v1, w1, x1, y1, z1
  case a2, b2, c2, d2, e2, f2, g2, h2, i2, j2, k2, l2, m2, n2, o2, p2, q2, r2, s2, t2, u2, v2, w2, x2, y2, z2
  case a3, b3, c3, d3, e3, f3, g3, h3, i3, j3, k3, l3, m3, n3, o3, p3, q3, r3, s3, t3, u3, v3, w3, x3, y3, z3
  case a4, b4, c4, d4, e4, f4, g4, h4, i4, j4, k4, l4, m4, n4, o4, p4, q4, r4, s4, t4, u4, v4, w4, x4, y4, z4
  case a5, b5, c5, d5, e5, f5, g5, h5, i5, j5, k5, l5, m5, n5, o5, p5, q5, r5, s5, t5, u5, v5, w5, x5, y5, z5
  case a6, b6, c6, d6, e6, f6, g6, h6, i6, j6, k6, l6, m6, n6, o6, p6, q6, r6, s6, t6, u6, v6, w6, x6, y6, z6
  case a7, b7, c7, d7, e7, f7, g7, h7, i7, j7, k7, l7, m7, n7, o7, p7, q7, r7, s7, t7, u7, v7, w7, x7, y7, z7
  case a8, b8, c8, d8, e8, f8, g8, h8, i8, j8, k8, l8, m8, n8, o8, p8, q8, r8, s8, t8, u8, v8, w8, x8, y8, z8
  case a9, b9, c9, d9, e9, f9, g9, h9, i9, j9, k9, l9, m9, n9, o9, p9, q9, r9, s9, t9, u9, v9, w9, x9, y9, z9

MemoryLayout<E>.size  // $R0: Int = 2

If you have more than 65536 cases, then… step away from the computer.



The layout of enums is describe in Fragile Enum Layout. In particular:

If none of the cases has a data type (a “C-like” enum), then the enum is laid out as an integer tag with the minimal number of bits to contain all of the cases.

Thanks for the answers. I don’t know what I’ll do with the knowledge, but it’s good to have it.