working with binary numbers with bitwise operators

Dar Scott dsc at
Sun May 30 01:16:26 CDT 2004

On Saturday, May 29, 2004, at 11:33 PM, Alejandro Tejada wrote:

> If i convert this 48 bit binary number in decimal
> then i get a negative number:
> put baseconvert
> (010011001100001110101010101101100101110111010101,2,10)
> results in
> -2864078293

There may be two factors here.

Bugzilla 38 describes a problem in base conversions to base 10.

The baseconvert() function uses a 32 bit environment.

> and i've noticed that the function "bitnot" produces
> this result:
> put bitnot 35 produces 4294967260
> put bitnot 52 produces 4294967243

The bit-logical operators use a 32-bit environment.

If you need more than 32 bits you might need to build up multiple 
32-bit numbers or (as you did for shifting) use strings of 0 and 1.

If you need to use bit shifting (and rotating) with the bit logical 
operators, you might want to make the number version.

Dar Scott

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