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Re: built-in printf %f parameter format depend on LC_NUMERIC

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: built-in printf %f parameter format depend on LC_NUMERIC
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2019 14:28:09 -0400
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On 7/9/19 11:26 AM, lea.gris@noiraude.net wrote:

> Bash Version: 5.0
> Patch Level: 3
> Release Status: release
> Description:
>         When formatting floating point numbers in Bash's built-in 
>         printf with %s, the argument format depends on the LC_NUMERIC
>         environment variable.

As POSIX requires:


The `decimal_point' member of the LC_NUMERIC category defines the radix
character in floating point numbers, for both input and output.

>         If the LC_NUMERIC language defines a comma , as decimal 
>         separator, the built-in printf will not be able to recognize 
>         floating-point numbers using a decimal point . as it is when 
>         using the result of bc

This depends on the behavior of strtold/strtod. POSIX requires strtod to
honor the radix character as defined in LC_NUMERIC. Since LC_NUMERIC
determines the radix character for input and output, it looks like `bc'
is not POSIX conformant.

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Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    chet@case.edu    http://tiswww.cwru.edu/~chet/

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