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bug#7325: new test failure due to non-portability of printf formats like

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: bug#7325: new test failure due to non-portability of printf formats like %05.3s
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2010 19:34:07 +0100

Jim Meyering wrote:
> Paul Eggert wrote:
>> On 11/04/10 00:56, Jim Meyering wrote:
>>> However, what about Eric's example?
>>>   $ src/stat-p -c '_%-0 010.4:X_' k  # yours
>>>   _234       _
>>>   $ src/stat-j -c '_%-0 010.4:X_' k  # mine
>>>   _0234      _
>> That's simply an issue of whether the value is considered to be signed
>> or unsigned, and can be fixed by the patch at the end of this message.
>> However, let me take a step back a minute.  Do users really want all
>> this functionality?  Personally, what I'd like to see is a single
>> format like this:
>>    %.3X
>> that prints out the entire seconds since the Epoch, truncated
>> to millseconds.  That's simpler than what we require now:
>>    %X.%.3:X
>> The changelogs suggest that we used to do things the simpler way,
>> but changed on Oct. 21.  I don't recall this being discussed: I
> It was due to portability concerns, since with coreutils-8.6,
> %X, %Y, etc. expanded to floating point values, and that broke
> backwards compatibility:
>   http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.gnu.coreutils.general/161/focus=366
> However, enabling floating point output only when there is a ".PREC"
> part of the format sounds like a fine compromise.
> Sure, old scripts that used %.3X (expecting no ".") would break,
> but I doubt any such uses exist, since that notation did nothing useful.
> A patch would be most welcome.

Hi Paul,
Please let us know whether you are working on this.

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