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$base Identifier - mIRC
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The $base identifier converts numbers between different number bases, or zero-pads numbers to the desired length.




NThe Number being converted.
InBaseThe Number Base in which N is being expressed.
OutBaseThe Number Base to which N is being converted. Can be same as InBase.
ZeroPadThe output's minimum number of non-fraction digits by adding 0's if needed. Accepts up to 100.
PrecisionShortens the output's maximum number of fraction digits, limited by mIRC's base-10 precision of 6.

  • Note: InBase & Outbase can be any integer from 2-36, with Base 17-36 extending hexadecimal to use as many letters as needed from the G-Z range. Letters A-Z used by number bases 11 through 36 accept case-insensitive input, but always outputs uppercase.
  • Note: Prefix 0x or 0X is stripped from N for base 16. (Prior to v7.53 only base36 did not strip the 0x. To prevent this, such as in base 34-35 where X is a valid character, it was necesary to prefix the input string with 00.)
  • Note: Base 32 is NOT the same as the base32 encoding method used by $encode(). $base assigns the values 0-31 to characters 0-9 and A-V, while the Base32 encoding method assigns values 0-31 to A-Z and 2-7 then stores them differently.




Without changing number base, can use $base to left-zero-pad and/or truncate (not round) fractions to fewer digits:
//echo -a $base(123.456,10,10,6,2)
returns: 000123.45
//var %n $color(8) | echo -a %n $base(%n,10,16,6)
converts the color rgb number index 8 from decimal to hexadecimal, zero padded to 6 digits.
Default Output is 00FFFF not FFFF00 because mIRC stores colors as GBR not RGB.
//var %n $pi  | echo -a %n $base(%n,10,16,0,12) $base($calc(%n * 16^6),10,16,6,12) 
; returns: 3.14159265358979323846 3.243F7 3243F6A.8885A
; precision of output is input rounded to 6 fraction digits
//echo -a $base(1.0000005,10,10) returns 1.000001  
//var %n $crc(abc,0) | echo -a %n $base(%n,16,36,7)
; Converts 8-digit hexadecimal
; Base 36 extends the hexadecimal alphabet so the characters G-Z have decimal values 16-35
//var %n $str(F,9) | echo -a converts 9-digit hex number %n to 7-digit base-36 $base(%n,16,36,7)
; returns: converts 9-digit hex number FFFFFFFFF to 7-digit base-36 VKHSVLR
You should not attempt to input numbers greater than decimal 2^53. For N=1+2^n, this shows that even though $base fails to convert back to the original number starting with N=55, $calc failed to create an odd-numbered number at N=53.
//var %i 1 | while (%i isnum 1-64) { var %n $calc(1+2^%i ) | echo -a %i %n $base(%n,10,16) $base($base(%n,10,16),16,10) | inc %i }
$base allows invalid letters to be used in the input, assigning them values as they have in Base 36.
//echo -a $base(mIRC,10,10) is same as $calc(22*1000 + 18*100 + 27*10+ 12*1)
The exception to the above is skipping the 0x prefix for hexadecimal notation. Converting from base-16 to base10 results in 255 for both 0xFF and FF. The 0x or 0X prefix is ignored only when tranlating to base16. (Prior to v7.53 it was ignored in every base except 36):
//var %i 2 , %a , %value F | while (%i isnum 2-36) { var %a %a $+(base,%i,=,$base(0x $+ %value,%i,10),vs,$base(%value,%i,10)) | inc %i } | echo -a %a
Prior to v7.53, if using base 34 or 35 where X is a valid character, you must prepend the from-value with 00 to prevent 0x from being stripped:
//if ($version < 7.53) { var %value 0xF | echo -a $base(%value,35,10) vs $base(00 $+ %value,35,10) }
returned: 15 vs 1170
To store the 128 hexadecimal digits of the sha512 hash digest in fewer digits, you can't use $base to accurately translate more than 13 digits at a time.
//var %digits 13 , %from_base 16 , %to_base 36 | echo -a $calc( %digits * $log(%from_base) / $log(%to_base) )
//var %digits  9 , %from_base 16 , %to_base 36 | echo -a $calc( %digits * $log(%from_base) / $log(%to_base) ) 
These show that base36 requires 10.05 digits to store 13 hex digits, or 6.96 digits to store 9 hex digits. Rounding up, this means both methods shrink the strings by the same 4 digits. (13->11 vs 9->7) It's more efficient to translate the string 9 digits at a time into 14 groups of 9, then translate the remaining 2 digits separately, for a total length of 14*7+2=100:
alias short_hash {
  var %long $sha512($1) , %short , %hash %long | while ($len(%hash) >= 9) {
    var %temp $right(%hash,9) , %hash $left(%hash,-9) , %short $base(%temp,16,36,7) $+ %short
    echo -a %hash %temp -> $left(%short,7)
  var %short $base(%hash,16,36,2) $+ %short
  echo -a shortened $len(%long) %long to $len(%short) %short
  return %short
/short_hash abc
shortened 128 d8022f2060ad6efd297ab73dcc5355c9b214054b0d1776a136a669d26a7d3b14f73aa0d0ebff19ee333368f0164b6419a96da49e3e481753e7e96b716bdccb6f to 100 6009P25MYQI73NNEMLHK0MTBF48SUD996MZJE2E6ZVTED4R1VM7E9HEQ5NVGI65GZ6Q7J6FFCCDZ2ZE9413JTJACHSWXJ2SYIR1R


Added: mIRC v5.7
Added on: 02 Feb 2000
Note: Unless otherwise stated, this was the date of original functionality.
Further enhancements may have been made in later versions.

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