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I've lost the track of the original poster....

On Wed, Jul 10, 2013, at 01:07 PM, Jay Carlson wrote:
> On Jul 10, 2013 12:47 PM, "Todd Coram" <[]> wrote:

Not to be pedantic, but when protocol specifies 64 bit ints, it is expected to handle 64 bit ints. If someone decides to pack extra meta-information into the upper bits of a 64 bit numbers, my Lua code shouldn't munge it.

A few months ago I released a BSON parser in pure Lua and was questioned by the BSON folk whether I truly supported int64 ... well I don't :-(

Being pedantic, if your lua code munges it, it's bad code. I remember handling 32 and 48 bit ints without problems in 8086 assembler, you just have to code it right. This means do not code assuming you have 64 bits ints if not guaranteed. If 32 is a given, use hi and lo words. If 53 is guaranteed and useful for normal purposes, split in 13+53, or 16+48, so normal case is fast. Or use 8 byte strings. If you NEED 64 bits integer, use a language which guarantees them.

Francisco Olarte.