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Old 04-09-2008
Number of Bits in the Byte

Char BYTE=0XFE... How can we find the number of Bits in this Byte?

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Old 04-09-2008
On a modern machine, all bytes have eight bits.

Do you mean the number of set (one) bits? Convert the number to binary and it should be obvious (if it is not already). Hint: printf(1) (or if you don't have that as a shell command, the corresponding function in awk or perl or C or ...)
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Old 04-09-2008
Originally Posted by harikamamidala
Char BYTE=0XFE... How can we find the number of Bits in this Byte?

I googled a bit for ya Smilie, hope you have bc
 echo "ibase=16;obase=2; FE" | bc | tr -cd 1 | wc -c

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Old 04-09-2008
This question looks suspiciously like homework.

Read the rules!
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Old 04-09-2008
Oopsie, he was lucky, i will be more careful next time Smilie
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