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Re: RFT: *printf-posix modules

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: RFT: *printf-posix modules
Date: Sun, 20 May 2007 13:16:37 +0200

Bruno Haible <address@hidden> wrote:
>> The *printf-posix modules should not work fine
> The *printf-posix modules should _now_ work fine.  (Jim noted the fatal typo.)
> Jim, it would be useful to use the printf-posix module in coreutils:
> 1) The 'printf' program uses all floating-point directives, even with 'L'.
> 2) The 'seq' program started to print garbage on BeOS when it was changed to
>    use 'long double' values, where it used 'double' values before. You can see
>    from gnulib/doc/functions/printf.texi that this affects also other 
> platforms
>    than BeOS.

I've been thinking about that.  Considering the size and age of the code
involved, it sounds a little risky, but that is counterbalanced by all of
the new tests.

Do you feel like adding a few coreutils tests that currently fail
on common platforms but that would succeed if coreutils switched?
E.g., here:

Have you tried and compared code size on a modern Linux/libc system?

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