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ldb (Accessor)

— Function: ldb bytespec integer byte

(setf (ldb bytespec place) new-byte)


[ˈlidib] or [ˈlidə b] or [ˈelˈdēˈbē]

Arguments and Values:

bytespec—a byte specifier.

integer—an integer.

byte, new-byte—a non-negative integer.


ldb extracts and returns the byte of integer specified by bytespec.

ldb returns an integer in which the bits with weights 2^(s-1) through 2^0 are the same as those in integer with weights 2^(p+s-1) through 2^p, and all other bits zero; s is (byte-size bytespec) and p is (byte-position bytespec).

setf may be used with ldb to modify a byte within the integer that is stored in a given place. The order of evaluation, when an ldb form is supplied to setf, is exactly left-to-right. The effect is to perform a dpb operation and then store the result back into the place.

 (ldb (byte 2 1) 10)  1
 (setq a (list 8))  (8)
 (setf (ldb (byte 2 1) (car a)) 1)  1
 a  (10)
See Also:

byte, byte-position, byte-size, dpb

 (logbitp j (ldb (byte s p) n))
    ≡ (and (< j s) (logbitp (+ j p) n))

In general,

 (ldb (byte 0 x) y)  0

for all valid values of x and y.

Historically, the name “ldb” comes from a DEC PDP-10 assembly language instruction meaning “load byte.”