Chris Withers wrote at 2005-10-21 15:17 +0100:
>Tim Peters wrote:
>> You found ZODB.utils, which was a sensible place to look.  I don't really
>> understand how you found ZODB.utils but didn't manage to find p64, because
>> p64 is the first function in the file.
>Because its name means nothing to me...
>>>I guess p64 needs documenting,
>> I think its docstring is reasonably clear:
>>     def p64(v):
>>         """Pack an integer or long into a 8-byte string"""
>Yes, but for that to be meaningful, you have to know that:
>- 0xSomething is an integer or long (it read "hex number" in my head"
>- oids are 8-byte strings
>Neither of things that sit in my brain :-(

But, you knew all this. Otherwise, you would not have been
able to implement the "oid_[un]repr" functions.

I much prefer the "p64" over "oid_unrepr" (or was it "oid_repr"?):

  When I need it, I am hunting bugs in an interactive Python interpreter
  session and in such a situation I like "p64" much more than
  the three times as long "oid_unrepr".

BTW: you did not choose your names well.
*IF* you want an alias (I think it would not be necessary),
choose something like "oid_tohex" and "oid_fromhex".

This tells you not only that you work with *some* representation
but with a hexadecimal representation (there are lots of different
ways, an "oid" can be represented).

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