L postfix char on longs - what is the best way to discard it.?

Jim Crumpler Jim.Crumpler at unicity.com.au
Fri Aug 13 08:22:22 EDT 1999

Hi folks - I'm batting to find a nice clean way to remove the 'L' from long
repr strings .. (eg, my SQL queries end up like "SELECT * FROM blah WHERE
guff = 23423L"..)

I can fiddle with every bit of my code that attempts to display a long, such

query = "... WHERE guff = %s" % repr(long(x))[0:-1]

 -- its ugly when you use alot of longs, but does the job..

I can bugger around with long_format() to remove the postix 'L' altogether,
or build a % substitution to print a long without the L  - uglier for
distribution, but nice for writing code - I have no idea what repercussions
this has on the library code - probably bad.. I'm assuiming the actual
reason for the 'L' is so a string could be then fed back as a literal
without overflow the default integer conversion.  Couldn't the integer
conversion build a long on overflow, or would that get uglier?

Does anyone have some suggestions on better methods?


Jim Crumpler.

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