semantics of ** (unexpected/inconsistent?)

Esmail ebonak at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 30 01:39:48 CET 2009


Ok, this is somewhat unexpected:

Python 2.6.2 (release26-maint, Apr 19 2009, 01:56:41)
[GCC 4.3.3] on linux2
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 >>> -3**2
-9

 >>> x = -3

 >>> x**2
9
 >>>

I would have expected the same result in both cases.

Initially I would have expected -3**2 to yield 9, but I can accept
that ** binds tighter than the unary -, but shouldn't the results
be consistent regardless if I use a literal or a variable?






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