[New-bugs-announce] [issue3188] float('infinity') should be valid

Mark Dickinson report at bugs.python.org
Tue Jun 24 12:47:35 CEST 2008

New submission from Mark Dickinson <dickinsm at gmail.com>:

2.6 adds float('inf') and float('nan') as cross-platform ways to 
generate infinities and NaNs.  The C99 standard (section, 
paragraph 3) specifies that 'infinity' (in any case, with optional 
preceding sign) should also be a valid input to strtod, and I propose 
that in Python float('infinity') should correspondingly be valid.

Note that the IEEE 754 standard also states that 'inf' and 'infinity' 
should be valid input string representations of infinity, and Python's 
decimal module also allows both 'inf' and 'infinity'.

A patch is attached.

Unless I'm mistaken, this change is simple and unlikely to be 
controversial.  I plan to check it in in a week or two if there's no 
feedback before then.

assignee: marketdickinson
files: infinity.patch
keywords: patch
messages: 68675
nosy: christian.heimes, marketdickinson
severity: normal
status: open
title: float('infinity') should be valid
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.6, Python 2.7, Python 3.0
Added file: http://bugs.python.org/file10716/infinity.patch

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