I currently have a situation where I have variables like this:

uint8 _variable1 = 4;
uint8 _variable2 = 2;
uint8 _variable3 = 99;
uint8 _variable4 = 1;
uint8 _variable5 = 0;
uint8 _variable6 = 2;
uint8 _variable7 = 1;
uint8 _variable8 = 34;

When I have to pass or return these values (since Solidity doesn't report Structs as parameters or return values) I keep running into this issue:

CompilerError: Stack too deep, try removing local variables.

The usage of the function to retrieve these values looks like this:

uint8 _variable1;
uint8 _variable2;
uint8 _variable3;
uint8 _variable4;
uint8 _variable5;
uint8 _variable6;
uint8 _variable7;
uint8 _variable8;

(_variable1, _variable2, _variable3, _variable4, _variable5, _variable6) = dataContract.getData(_id);

What I would like to do instead is store a single variable such as uint64 data = 0402990100020134

How would I correctly define that in solidity?

If I wanted to get the value of variable 6, how would I do that?

  • If funciton getData outside of your contract? Jan 31 '18 at 10:56
  • Yes, getData will be called from an external contract
    – Nanolucas
    Jan 31 '18 at 10:57
  • 2
    why not returning an array ?
    – salanfe
    Jan 31 '18 at 12:17
  • For some reason I didn't think that would help with the 'stack too deep' error, but apparently I was overthinking it. After refactoring into using an array it seems to be compiling now. If you make this reply as an answer instead of a comment I can accept it as the answer.
    – Nanolucas
    Feb 2 '18 at 0:32

You can use bit shift operators to pack data from smaller integers to bigger integers.


uint8 a = 1, b = 2;
uint16 foo = (b << 16) | a;

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