Subject varchar padding over network
Author csswa

Apologies if this is in the wrong area. It's my first post and I'm
still figuring out what goes where.

I see IB6.5 no longer sends varchar fields across a network as padded
strings but rather their true length. This removes a long-standing
drawback of using large-size varchars that contain wide-ranging value
lengths. Firstly, what is the purpose of the padding in the original
IB design? Secondly, will this improvement be included in a future
release of Firebird?

Many thanks,
Andrew Ferguson