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Re: convert int to bytea

From: Zoltan Boszormenyi <zb(at)cybertec(dot)at>
To: Usama Dar <munir(dot)usama(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: Douglas McNaught <doug(at)mcnaught(dot)org>, ohp(at)pyrenet(dot)fr, Gregory Stark <stark(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers list <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: convert int to bytea
Date: 2007-11-29 16:35:31
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please don't top post to someone who didn't used this convention
in answering you. It's impolite. I edited the mail a bit to return sanity.

> On Nov 29, 2007 9:00 PM, Douglas McNaught <doug(at)mcnaught(dot)org 
> <mailto:doug(at)mcnaught(dot)org>> wrote:
>     On 11/29/07, ohp(at)pyrenet(dot)fr <mailto:ohp(at)pyrenet(dot)fr>
>     <ohp(at)pyrenet(dot)fr <mailto:ohp(at)pyrenet(dot)fr>> wrote:
>     > On Thu, 29 Nov 2007, Gregory Stark wrote:
>     >
>     > > What do you want the resulting bytea to look like?
>     > >
>     > example : id = 9 , bytea = '\000\000\011' IIRC
>     What do you expect to happen when server and client are
>     differently-endian?
>     -Doug

Usama Dar írta:
 > Does it matter if you have written an explicit cast for int to bytea?

You don't know what't endianness is, do you?
Say, you have a number: 0x12345678.
This is stored differently depending on the endianness.

Big-endian (like Sparc, Motorola, etc):
0x12 0x34 0x56 0x78

Little-endian (Intel-compatibles, etc):
0x78 0x56 0x34 0x12

So, how do you want your number to come out as a byte array?
Since a bytea is a sequence of bytes as stored in memory,
you may have different meaning for an int->bytea conversion.

It's your homework to look up what's "network order" is. :-)
But it would give you consistent answer no matter
what CPU your server uses.

Zoltán Böszörményi
Cybertec Schönig & Schönig GmbH

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