[Coldstuff] A couple questions, possibly related.

Bruce Mitchener coldstuff@cold.org
Tue, 12 Feb 2002 14:17:54 -0700

Jonathan Ross wrote:

>    Is there any particular reason a signed 32-bit integer was used rather
> than an unsigned 32-bit integer?

Negative object IDs exist and are used for invalid object numbers.  Ease 
  of programming possibly.  Also, if a MUD needs more than 2 billion 
objects over time (TEC isn't anywhere close), then it can be dealt with 
as that time approaches, or move to a 64 bit box and modify Cold to 
allow objnums to be 64 bit values.

Other possibilities exist as well, but to date, no one has run into that 
limit after years of use.

  - Bruce