[Python-Dev] Re: 64-bit process optimization 1
Thu, 12 Sep 2002 11:10:36 -0600
>So perhaps the refcnt should have been a long in the first place. A
>similar argument may hold for the length of e.g. strings and lists:
>one could wish to have a list of more than 2 billion elements, or a
>string containing more than 2 gigabytes (that much RAM is easily found
>on the larger 64-bit servers, I believe).
If you change to longs it seems the reported
performance increase goes away, which would
seem to eliminate one of the motivations for
accepting the pain of a binary incompatibility.
Leaving just "getting it right".