Bug# 38 baseConvert
dsc at swcp.com
Wed Dec 10 14:14:39 CST 2003
On Wednesday, December 10, 2003, at 05:34 AM, Wouter wrote:
>>> put baseconvert("-3509652390",10,16) --> -D1310BA6 (wow again)
>> This is correct in a pure base interpretation, but creates a strange
>> equality when viewed with the above result.
I was thinking of the problem that D1310BA6 = -D1310BA6 by transitivity
of earlier results.
> Then shouldn't it be:
> baseconvert("-785314906",10,16) --> D1310BA6
> baseconvert("3509652390",10,16) --> 2ECEF45A
> and not the other way around ?
The first case assumes the value is put into a signed 32-bit (or
greater) variable. The lowest 32 bits of the variable is reinterpreted
as unsigned 32-bit and then converted to hex.
In an extended baseConvert() this might be done with one of these:
I don't recognize a common interpretation in the second one.
>> For the most part, I use binaryEncode() and binaryDecode() for these.
> But these function also should be overhauled as to make the results
> uniform over all platforms.
Yes. There is a bugzilla enhancement request that adds portable
formats, but leaves the host dependent ones for legacy.
> I am also dreaming of things like this:
> get "D1310BA6" <hex>xOr "4B7A70E9"
What about this?
get u32("xD1310BA6") bitXOR u32("x4B7A70E9")
Or something similar. This could be done with no changes.
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