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proposal: Go 2: allow signed shift counts also for big.Int #29051

TuomLarsen opened this issue Dec 1, 2018 · 1 comment


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commented Dec 1, 2018

Considering #19113, perhaps it would be good idea to extend the usage of signed shift counts from machine integers to big.Ints (Lsh, Rsh) as well.

That is, func (z *Int) Lsh(x *Int, n uint) *Intfunc (z *Int) Lsh(x *Int, n int) *Int.

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@andybons andybons changed the title proposal: allow signed shift counts also for big.Int proposal: Go 2: allow signed shift counts also for big.Int Dec 5, 2018


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commented Dec 18, 2018

The proposal language change for permitting signed shift counts would not break any working programs. This change, though, would. While there is a small benefit here, there is also a cost. Thanks, but this doesn't seem worth doing. If this is a problem in your program, it's straightforward to write a tiny wrapper that accepts int; that is not easy to do for the << or >> operators.

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