Re: [Python-ideas] String and bytes bitwise operations

```On 5/17/2018 6:53 AM, Ken Hilton wrote:
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`Hi all,`
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We all know the bitwise operators: & (and), | (or), ^ (xor), and ~ (not). We know how they work with numbers:
```
420 ^ 502

110100100
111110110
== XOR ==
001010010
= 82

```
But it might be useful in some cases to (let's say) xor a string (or bytestring):
```
HELLO ^ world

01001000 01000101 01001100 01001100 01001111
01110111 01101111 01110010 01101100 01100100
=================== XOR ====================
00111111 00101010 00111110 00100000 00101011
= ?*> +

Currently, that's done with this expression for strings:

>>> ''.join(chr(ord(a) ^ ord(b)) for a, b in zip('HELLO', 'world'))
'?*> +'

and this expression for bytestrings:

>>> bytes(a ^ b for a, b in zip(b'HELLO', b'world'))
b'?*> +'

```
It would be much more convenient, however, to allow a simple xor of a string:
```
>>> 'HELLO' ^ 'world'
'?*> +'

or bytestring:

>>> b'HELLO' ^ b'world'
b'?*> +'

(All of this applies to other bitwise operators, of course.)
```
Compatibility issues are a no-brainer - currently, bitwise operators for strings raise TypeErrors.
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https://bugs.python.org/issue19251 bitwise ops for bytes of equal length

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Terry Jan Reedy

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