maximum integer length?

Grant Edwards grante at
Sun Jun 18 20:47:11 CEST 2006

On 2006-06-18, Grant Edwards <grante at> wrote:

>> Que? An integer is just a whole number without fraction. What are you
>> talking about?
> He's talking about decimal digits.  Each decimal digit takes up
> 3.322 bits.  A byte can hold about 2.4 digits.  400MB should be
> able to hold an integer with about 1,010,000,000 decimal
> digits.

Oops.  The real answer is 15/16 of that.  I didn't realize that
the integer representation only uses 15 of 16 bits.

Grant Edwards
grante at

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