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steve donovan <> writes:
> You can use the LNUM patch, so you can have both double and 64-bit
> integer types.  Or, write an extension which wraps your 64-bit values
> in userdata.  The question is: do you need proper 64-bit integer
> arithmetic, or do you just want to pass these numbers around, as ids?

Another question to ask is:  'Do I _really_ need all 64 bits, or is
enough to simply have "a lot of bits"?'   [Where "a lot" is the number of
bits in the mantissa of a double (52 or 53 I think).]

There are many case where in practice "a lot" is enough for all
foreseeable usage, even if the quantity represented is nominally 64-bits
in length; for instance, file offsets.


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