Is len() restricted to (positive) 32-bit values?

Discussion in 'Python' started by Josh Taylor, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. Josh Taylor

    Josh Taylor Guest

    I have a class that wraps a large file and tries to make it look like a
    string w.r.t. slicing. Here, "large file" means on the order of
    hundreds of GB. All the slicing/indexing stuff through __getitem__()
    works fine, but len() is quite broken. It seems to be converting the
    value returned by __len__() to a 32-bit integer. If the conversion
    yields a negative number, it raises an exception.

    I'm running Python 2.4.1 on an Opteron running RedHat FC3. It's a
    64-bit processor, and Python ints appear to be 64-bit as well, so even
    if len() only works with ints, it should still be able to handle 64-bit

    Here's a simple example that shows what I'm talking about:
    '2.4.1 (#1, Jun 22 2005, 16:00:46) \n[GCC 3.4.2 20041017 (Red Hat
    3.4.2-6.fc3)]'.... def __len__(self):
    .... return 49000000000

    Is this a bug, a design decision, or do I have something misconfigured
    in my Python build?

    Josh Taylor, Dec 30, 2005
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