[Python-Dev] Near Final PEP 237 - Unifying Long Integers and Integers

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Fri, 24 Aug 2001 05:08:48 -0400

> Since "integers" can now have arbitrary precision and can represent
> large unsigned values, can you add three new format characters to
> PyArg_ParseTuple() and Py_BuildValue() for the C datatypes "unsigned int", 
> "unsigned long", and "unsigned long long"?  
> The "u" and "l" namespace is a little crowded (and I don't think you
> would want to break that).  However, here's one idea:
> 'I'     -  unsigned int  (consistent with H and B)
> 'p'     -  unsigned long ('p' is for positive)
> 'P'     -  unsigned long long

Good idea.  I've added this to the SF bug tracker as a feature
request.  Hopefully someone will submit a patch too!

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)