> < ^ Date: Tue, 08 Feb 1994 10:31:00 +0100
> < ^ From: Steve Linton <sal@dcs.st-and.ac.uk >
> < ^ Subject: Re: Range limits

There seems to be an upper limit on the integers that can form the end
of a Range - 10^8 works but 10^9 doesn't. Furthermore I think the
error message this causes is rather misleading:

gap> Length([1..10^9]);
Error, Range: <high> must be an integer
gap> Length([10^9..10^9+1]);
Error, Range: <low> must be an integer
gap> IsInt(10^9);

I can't find any documentation on this - am I missing something?

I don't think it's documented but: GAP stores integers less than
2^28 (in absolute magnitude) in a special format for speed. Larger
integers are stored in an extended format. Range limits (and a few
other things) have to be in the 'small' format.


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