[Python-Dev] PEP 3101: floats format 'f' and 'F'

Raymond Hettinger python at rcn.com
Thu Jul 17 18:25:37 CEST 2008

From: "Eric Smith" <eric+python-dev at trueblade.com>
> I have this ready for checkin (with docs and tests).  I'd like to get it
> in for this beta, since it does involved changed behavior, no matter how
> small ('1e+100' becomes '1E+100' with '%F').  But it relies on the
> platform's vsnprintf to do the right thing with 'F', so I'm worried
> about breakages on platforms I don't have access to.  Resolving those
> issues might take a few days.
> Any advice on checking this in now, or waiting until after this beta is
> released?

I recommend doing it after the release.  It's unlikely to be exercised
much by the beta users so there's no real advantage.  If you wait
until afterwards, then there is time to let the buildbots have a go
at it and reveal any cross-platform issues.

Besides, Barry said something about getting meaner.
Would hate to find out what he meant the hard way ;-)


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