Best way to convert sequence of bytes to long integer

Helmut Jarausch jarausch at
Thu Jan 21 12:02:53 CET 2010

On 01/20/10 22:23, Steven D'Aprano wrote:

> I'm writing a module that handles, I won't call it encryption,
> obfuscation using classical cryptographic algorithms. One of the
> functions needs a deterministic but unpredictable integer generated from
> a human-generated password or passphrase, so I'm using:
> hashlib.md5(key).digest()
> to get a string of bytes, then converting it to an int.
> int.from_bytes would be perfect for me, but in the meantime I'm using
> Paul Rubin's trick of int(s.encode("hex"), 16).

Sorry, but this doesn't work for me (in Python 3.2a0)
since hashlib.md5(key).digest() returns a byte string
which has no .encode method.

Just my 5 cents,

Helmut Jarausch

Lehrstuhl fuer Numerische Mathematik
RWTH - Aachen University
D 52056 Aachen, Germany

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