A64L(3) Linux Programmer's Manual A64L(3)
a64l, l64a - convert between long and base-64
long a64l(char *str64);
char *l64a(long value);
Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
a64l(), l64a(): _SVID_SOURCE || _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 500
These functions provide a conversion between 32-bit long integers and
little-endian base-64 ASCII strings (of length zero to six). If the
string used as argument for a64l() has length greater than six, only
the first six bytes are used. If the type long has more than 32 bits,
then l64a() uses only the low order 32 bits of value, and a64l() sign-
extends its 32-bit result.
The 64 digits in the base-64 system are:
'.' represents a 0
'/' represents a 1
0-9 represent 2-11
A-Z represent 12-37
a-z represent 38-63
So 123 = 59*64^0 + 1*64^1 = "v/".
The value returned by a64l() may be a pointer to a static buffer, pos-
sibly overwritten by later calls.
The behavior of l64a() is undefined when value is negative. If value
is zero, it returns an empty string.
These functions are broken in glibc before 2.2.5 (puts most significant
This is not the encoding used by uuencode(1).
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