View Full Version : Bitwise Operations: Getting Rightmost Octet

April 2nd, 2009, 02:04 AM
How would I go about retrieving the rightmost octet from an arbitrary-length bitstring? For example:

01100100 11010110
[some operation]
00000000 11010110
I know how to join octets together, just not how to extract them. I've been fooling around with this for a while now but haven't had any success. What bitwise operation (if any) would I use for this purpose?

(I'm using C for this, but any language is welcome so long as the solution is applicable.)

Update: Okay, turns out the C++ STL has this thing called the "bitset". Shoulda done more research. :(

April 2nd, 2009, 04:07 AM
in C:

a = 32134243; /* some number */
b = a & 0xFF; /* b will be the least significant byte from a */

April 2nd, 2009, 12:18 PM
Hey thanks, your solution is way better! :)

Now that I think about it, it seems totally obvious...