Large integers from C

Gustavo Niemeyer niemeyer at
Wed Feb 20 13:36:52 EST 2002

> I need to create Large (>300 bit) python Long's from C. I don't need (and
> in fact, don't want) to use the features of the (apparently obselete?)
> mpz module, or gmpy, or whatever. I simply want to say:
> val = PyLong_FromOctets(char *v, int vlen);

You're probably looking for PyLong_FromString().

> intval = reduce(lambda x,y: (x<<8)+ord(y), strval)
> I've tried, and this was too slow (the whole point of the C module being
> to speed this up).

Please, have in mind that this is mostly what long(str, base) does, so
you're not going to have great performance improvements by using it
instead of the python equivalent.

Gustavo Niemeyer

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