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Re^9: Reliably parsing an integer

by syphilis (Bishop)
on Jun 30, 2020 at 13:08 UTC ( #11118716=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^8: Reliably parsing an integer
in thread Reliably parsing an integer

Can you see any bugs?

In perl, strings like "2e5" and "1E4" are valid integer strings.
Are they being handled as you would like ? (I haven't investigated, and it depends upon how you want them to be treated.)

If you want to accept them then you also have to keep in mind that if they represent values greater than ~0 or less than -(~0 >> 1) then they'll be assigned to NVs (floating point values) rather than IVs (integer value).

I guess it's probably simplest if you reject them.

Update, correcting an earlier incorrect update: After I wrote this post I discovered that if you assign a value like 2e5 as a bareword, you get an NV, not an IV - and I therefore thought I had made a mistake in asserting that such strings were "integer strings".
However, although the barewords often assign as an NV, the above assertions seem to be correct in relation to numifying strings.
It seems a bit random.
We get an NV with:
C:\>perl -MDevel::Peek -le "$x = 1e6; Dump $x;" SV = NV(0x488470) at 0x488488 REFCNT = 1 FLAGS = (NOK,pNOK) NV = 1000000
but an IV if we perform some arithmetic function:
C:\>perl -MDevel::Peek -le "$x = 1e6 * 1.0; Dump $x;" SV = IV(0x4ecb10) at 0x4ecb20 REFCNT = 1 FLAGS = (IOK,pIOK) IV = 1000000
and, as regards what I've written above, if we numify the string we still get an IV:
C:\>perl -MDevel::Peek -le "$x = '1e6' * 1.0; Dump $x;" SV = IV(0x33d010) at 0x33d020 REFCNT = 1 FLAGS = (IOK,pIOK) IV = 1000000
unless the value represented by the string is outside of the IV range:
C:\>perl -MDevel::Peek -le "$x = '1e70' * 1.0; Dump $x;" SV = NV(0x576440) at 0x576458 REFCNT = 1 FLAGS = (NOK,pNOK) NV = 1e+70

Cheers,
Rob

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