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Re: [perl #72784] [META] misuse of I32

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Chip Salzenberg
July 31, 2013 23:41
Re: [perl #72784] [META] misuse of I32
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On 7/30/2013 8:20 AM, Father Chrysostomos via RT wrote:
> On Tue Jul 30 06:33:28 2013, sprout wrote:
>> On Mon Jul 29 22:19:43 2013, chip wrote:
>>> On 7/27/2013 7:33 PM, Father Chrysostomos via RT wrote:
>>>> What should the maximum string and array lengths be?
>>> Why would the answer ever be anything other than size_t?
>> Because AvFILLp needs to be set to -1 when the array is empty.  We
>> *could* use size_t but reserve ~0 as a special marker, but that
>> complicates the code for little gain.
> Also, the HV APIs use negative lengths for utf8.

Those specific APIs can continue to use signed integers if you prefer;
but the signedness need not escape those specific parameter lists if so.


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