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bug#2768: 23.0.60; Misleading function description for float-time

From: David Kastrup
Subject: bug#2768: 23.0.60; Misleading function description for float-time
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 11:04:31 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

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The DOC string for float-time says

    float-time is a built-in function in `C source code'.

    (float-time &optional specified-time)

    Return the current time, as a float number of seconds since the epoch.
    If specified-time is given, it is the time to convert to float
    instead of the current time.  The argument should have the form
    (HIGH LOW . IGNORED). Thus, you can use times obtained from
    `current-time' and from `file-attributes'.  specified-time can also
    have the form (HIGH . LOW), but this is considered obsolete.

    WARNING: Since the result is floating point, it may not be exact.
    Do not use this function if precise time stamps are required.


However, the argument "IGNORED" is not ignored but rather specifies
microseconds that _do_ appear in the resulting time value.  While the
doc string does not explicitly specify what happens to "IGNORED", its
name strongly suggests a different (and undesirable) behavior.

In GNU Emacs (i686-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.12.9)
 of 2009-01-13 on lisa
Windowing system distributor `The X.Org Foundation', version 11.0.10400090
configured using `configure  '--prefix=/usr/local/emacs-21' 

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  value of $LANG: en_US.UTF-8
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David Kastrup

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