Signed zeros: is this a bug?

Mark Dickinson dickinsm at
Sun Mar 11 18:44:34 CET 2007

On Mar 11, 1:26 pm, a... at (Alex Martelli) wrote:
> [Long analysis of probable cause of the problem]

Thank you for this.  I was suspecting something along these lines,
but I don't yet know my way around the source well enough to figure
out where the problem was coming from.

> In the meantime, I hope that some available workarounds for the bug are
> clear from this discussion: avoid using multiple constants in a single
> compilation unit where one is 0.0 and another is -0.0, or, if you really
> can't avoid that, perhaps use compiler.compile to explicitly build the
> bytecode you need.

Yup: the workaround seems to be as simple as replacing all occurrences
of -0.0 with -(0.0).  I'm embarrassed that I didn't figure this out

>>> x, y = -(0.0), 0.0
>>> x, y
(-0.0, 0.0)


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