str() of a tuple

Douglas Zongker dougz at cs.washington.edu
Wed Sep 4 23:24:54 CEST 2002


I'm sure this is a FAQ, but I haven't found a good explanation for one
of Python's most irritating behaviors:

   >>> a = -0.4
   >>> repr(a)
   '-0.40000000000000002'
   >>> str(a)
   '-0.4'

So far, so good.
   
   >>> b = (a,)
   >>> repr(b)
   '(-0.40000000000000002,)'
   >>> str(b)                      # argggh.
   '(-0.40000000000000002,)'     

Why, oh why does the str() of a container use the repr()s of the
objects inside?  This seems to violate what the docs claim str() does
-- "return a nicely printable representation of an object."  Would a
sane implementation break something?

Is there a convenient way to print out a tuple of floats so that the
output is actually readable?

thanks,
dz



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