[Distutils] [Python-3000] sizeof(size_t) < sizeof(long)
greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Thu Apr 17 07:15:38 CEST 2008
David Cournapeau wrote:
> I ask for "256 Mo", Mo for Mega-octet: French (and most non English
> languages I am aware of) does not have this ambiguity :)
But would you ask for it that way in an English-speaking
country? Would they have a clue what you were talking
Anyway, I don't think it really is an ambiguity in
practice -- only in the minds of those that have too
much time to read standards documents.
> And anyway, in
> a computer store, you find memory for personal computers, where one byte
> always has 8 bits.
Does it? Or...
> Going against the C standard seems pretty futile to me.
Hmmm. So as long as I program my computer in C, it has 8 bit
bytes... or at least a C implementation with 8-bit chars.
But if I use a special Unicode-C with 16-bit chars, I've
then got half as many bytes of memory as I had before...
So I have to tell the guy in the computer shop what
programming language and implementation I'm using, too! :-)
Seems to me that disregarding this particular quirk of the
C standard is a lesser evil than confusing everybody by
changing the meaning of byte all the time.
[In attempt to pull this very slightly closer to being
on-topic... what does this imply for the Python bytes
type? Are they always 8-bit bytes, or are they whatever
size your C compiler thinks bytes are? Do the Python
docs need to clarify this?]
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