MD5 to long?

Alex Martelli aleax at
Sat Apr 26 12:55:02 CEST 2003

Axel Grune wrote:

> Shoot me! eval works well;-)
>  >>> longnumber = eval( '0x' + 'fd4cef7a4e607f1fcc920ad6329a6df2df99a4e8'
>  >>> )

Sure, but calling long works MUCH better...:

[alex at lancelot Lib]$ python 
-s'x="fd4cef7a4e607f1fcc920ad6329a6df2df99a4e8"' 'ln=eval("0x"+x)'
10000 loops, best of 3: 31.4 usec per loop

[alex at lancelot Lib]$ python 
-s'x="fd4cef7a4e607f1fcc920ad6329a6df2df99a4e8"' 'ln=long(x,16)'
100000 loops, best of 3: 2.13 usec per loop
[alex at lancelot Lib]$

A speedup of 15 times as a result of using simpler and more direct
code seems to me to be worth pursuing.


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