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bitlib ------ by Reuben Thomas <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://luaforge.net/projects/bitlib bitlib is a C library for Lua 5.1 that provides bitwise operations. It is copyright Reuben Thomas 2000-2009, and is released under the MIT license, like Lua (see http://www.lua.org/copyright.html; it's basically the same as the BSD license). There is no warranty. Please report bugs and make suggestions to the email address above, or use the LuaForge trackers. Thanks to John Passaniti for his bitwise operations library, some of whose ideas I used, to Shmuel Zeigerman for the test suite, to Thatcher Ulrich for portability fixes, and to Enrico Tassi, John Stiles and Eduardo Ochs for bug reports. Installation ------------ As normal: ./configure && make [&& make check] [&& make install] If you get warnings about integer constants being too large, don't worry. They won't be used. The following options may be of interest if you have Lua installed on non-default paths (as you are likely to on any system supporting more than one version of Lua): --libdir=DIR Install shared library in this directory --with-lua-prefix=DIR Lua files are in DIR --with-lua-includes=DIR Lua include files are in DIR --with-lua-libraries=DIR Lua library files are in DIR, or "no" if not used --with-lua-suffix=ARG Lua binary and library files are suffixed with ARG For example, on Debian or Ubuntu: ./configure --libdir=/usr/local/lib/lua/5.1 --with-lua-includes=/usr/include/lua5.1 --with-lua-suffix=5.1 --with-lua-libraries=no Use --- Make sure the library is installed on your LUA_CPATH, and require it. The library provides the constant bit.bits that gives the number of bits that can be used in bitwise operations, and the following functions: bit.cast(a) cast a to the internally-used integer type bit.bnot(a) returns the one's complement of a bit.band(w1, ...) returns the bitwise and of the w's bit.bor(w1, ...) returns the bitwise or of the w's bit.bxor(w1, ...) returns the bitwise exclusive or of the w's bit.lshift(a, b) returns a shifted left b places bit.rshift(a, b) returns a shifted logically right b places bit.arshift(a, b) returns a shifted arithmetically right b places All function arguments should be integers that fit into the C type lua_Integer. The logical operations start with "b" for "bit" to avoid clashing with reserved words; although "xor" isn't a reserved word, it seemed better to use "bxor" for consistency.