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Hello, I am designing a library module that should be able to switch from native perl integer arithmetic to Math::BigInt if need arises. To that end I need to find out the biggest integer of the currently running perl interpreter in a portable way. For now I have come up with two approaches:
# solution 1 use Config; if ($Config{'use64bitint'}) { # max_integer is probably 2**63-1 } else { # max_integer is probably 2**31-1 }
# solution 2 my $max_int = (-1)>>1;
Both solutions seem to work on UNIX/i386 machines I have access to. But how portable is either one? Is there a better way? In case of doubt my module should rather assume a smaller value than risk loss of precision when perl internally switches to floating point. Would 2147483647 (2**31-1) be an integer value for any perl (5.6 or higher) on any platform out there?

In reply to portably finding max integer by martin

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