[Python-Dev] [RELEASED] Python 2.7.5

Richard Oudkerk shibturn at gmail.com
Mon May 20 02:04:31 CEST 2013

On 20/05/2013 12:47am, Pierre Rouleau wrote:
>     Moreover, the development version is 3.4, and in Python 3 the int
>     type is a variable-length integer type (sys.maxint doesn't exist
>     anymore). So this discussion is largely moot now.
> Good to know.  Too bad there still are libraries not supporting Python
> 3.  Thanks.

Even in Python 2, if the result of arithmetic on ints which would 
overflow, the result automatically gets promoted to a long integer which 
is variable-length.

     >>> 2**128
     >>> type(2), type(2**128)
     (<type 'int'>, <type 'long'>)

So the size of an int is pretty much irrelevant.


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