hex to signed integer

Steven Taschuk staschuk at telusplanet.net
Fri Jul 18 02:05:22 CEST 2003


Quoth Bengt Richter:
  [...]
>  >>> -2**31
>  -2147483648L
> Oops, is that a wart/buglet BTW?

That it's a long and not an int?  Certainly not a bug, arguably a
wart, and in any case it's 2's-complement's fault, not Python's:
-2**31 is equivalent to -(2**31), and the inner expression doesn't
fit into an int (on suitable machines).

I suppose long arithmetic could produce ints when possible, but it
seems unlikely to be worth the trouble.

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