[Python-Dev] Re: RE: [Spambayes] Question (or possibly a bug report)
Fri, 25 Jul 2003 21:34:24 -0400
"Tim Peters" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> >> It would be better if Python didn't use locale-dependent
> >> string<->float conversions internally, but that's just not
> >> the case (yet).
> [Tony Meyer]
> > Is this likely to become the case? (In 2.4, for example?)
> I think so, and maybe before that. Not in 2.3 final, but maybe in
> numeric locale problems can be catastrophic to Python programmers,
> comfortable arguing the case for calling it a bugfix.
Lib Manual 3.19 says clearly that the marshal format for a specific
release is system independent and tranportable. It includes floats as
one of the types so supported. If, as I have gathered from this
thread, the format for floats is actually, under certain
circumstances, whimsy-dependent, I think a warning should be added to
the doc until the bug is fixed.
Terry J. Reedy