[ python-Bugs-1534769 ] Identical floats print inconsistently

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Bugs item #1534769, was opened at 2006-08-04 20:07
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Category: None
Group: None
Status: Open
Resolution: None
Priority: 5
Submitted By: Marc W. Abel (gihon)
Assigned to: Nobody/Anonymous (nobody)
Summary: Identical floats print inconsistently

Initial Comment:
Hi, and thank you.

Many bugs relating to this have been submitted by
others over a period of years, and these have generally
been closed with "not a bug" responses.  I'll do my
best to explain the problem clearly enough.

The following session prints a single variable three
ways, with two different results:


[me at localhost current]$ python
Python 2.4.1 (#1, May 16 2005, 15:19:29)
[GCC 4.0.0 20050512 (Red Hat 4.0.0-5)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for
more information.
>>> a = round(1./7, 3)
>>> print a
>>> print (a,)
>>> print (a,)[0]


I'm fully informed about IEEE floating point
representations in binary, but the limitations of data
type are not causing the difference in output.  The
interpreter is using different rules to print this
float, depending on whether it's a straight float or
part of some other structure (in this example, a tuple).

Once the interpreter recurses to a depth where it's
clearly going to print a float, whatever rule is
selected needs to be consistently applied.  This means
calling the same string formatting code with the same



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