[Python-Dev] Re: long formatting
Guido van Rossum
Wed, 29 Nov 2000 22:17:44 -0500
I just skimmed the pipermail python-dev archives and found one item
to pronounce on: what "%o" should do with negative longs. I agree
with Tim. Also for "%x". Reason: this matches oct() and hex().
Compatibility be damned (in this case).
(One could argue that for plain ints, the same result are desirable;
however when these are used as bitmasks, I as human reader prefer to
see '0xfffffff6' rather than '-0xA'. Ah the insanity of consistency!)
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)