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Re: value bytes of error codes

On Thu, 28 Mar 1996 wrote:

> I was just wondering why something like value_bytes(E_PERM) returns 0. Do
> error values take up any space in the database? If so, how much?
My guess would be because the compiler takes care of allocating the memory
for errors, integers, etc. as opposed to lists and strings which the MOO
allocates and frees itself.  So yes, integers and errors do take up space. 
On disk, they just take up the amount of space it takes to print
them (1 character for '5', 6 characters for '123456', etc) but in memory, I
believe all integers take up 32 bits, and errors take 8, but I'm just
guessing, I haven't actually checked the code.

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