[pypy-dev] Re: [pypy-svn] r14625 - pypy/dist/pypy/objspace/std

Michael Hudson mwh at python.net
Wed Jul 13 19:01:40 CEST 2005

tismer at codespeak.net writes:

> Author: tismer
> Date: Wed Jul 13 17:53:23 2005
> New Revision: 14625
> Modified:
>    pypy/dist/pypy/objspace/std/strutil.py
> Log:
> another less urgent optimization from the train Kiel-Berlin:
> refactored string_to_float quite a lot. The issue was raised
> by Python 2.4's test_long, which caused an overflow in strutil
> instead of an 1.#inf.
> I took the chance to rework this quite a little, with the result of
> - less rounding errors
> - smaller code
> - much faster in extreme cases
> - able to eval float('1.'+10000*'0'+'e-10000') and friends
> - seems to produce exactly the same as builtin float as far as tested.

Thank you for doing this!  The original code was written in about 5
minutes flat...

> +    # Usage of long numbers is explicitly avoided, because
> +    # we want to be able to work without longs as a PyPy option.

Unfortunately, the 'input problem for floating point numbers' cannot
be solved using arithmetic of any fixed finite precision, see


for a proof of this.

Also, I found a difference between CPython and your code:

>>> strutil.string_to_float('0.099999999999999999')
>>> float('0.099999999999999999')

But still, a vast improvement, thanks!


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