[erlang-patches] [erlang-questions] [patch] new float_to_list/2

Serge Aleynikov <>
Tue Apr 17 18:09:46 CEST 2012


Thanks Sverker,

I will update the patch and resubmit.

Serge

On 3/13/2012 1:15 PM, Sverker Eriksson wrote:
>
>
> #1. The patch does not compile on Windows:
>
> error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol _snprintf referenced in
> function _sys_double_to_chars_fast
>
> Use erts_snprintf instead. Same as snprintf with extra %T feature for
> printing Erlang terms.
>
>
> #2. We don't like identical source copies of sys_double_to_chars_fast().
> There is a directory sys/common for shared code.
>
>
> /Sverker, Erlang/OTP
>
>
> Gustav Simonsson wrote:
>> Hi Serge,
>>
>> We'll get back to you about this patch after the ERTS team have
>> reviewed it.
>> Thank you for the contribution!
>>
>> Regards,
>> Gustav Simonsson
>> Erlang/OTP team
>>
>> On 2012-03-08 19:03, Serge Aleynikov wrote:
>>> Dear Sverker,
>>>
>>> Sorry for a belated response. The following commit addresses three
>>> issues you indicated. Attached is also a small performance test
>>> program which illustrates that the new float_to_list/2 is about 6x
>>> faster than float_to_list/1:
>>>
>>> https://github.com/saleyn/otp/commit/d7a108f28fd8cd519852feb0233920af511b5eba
>>>
>>>
>>> git fetch git://github.com/saleyn/otp.git float_to_list_2
>>>
>>> https://github.com/saleyn/otp/compare/float_to_list_2
>>> https://github.com/saleyn/otp/compare/float_to_list_2.patch
>>>
>>>
>>> Executing the attachment test function:
>>> 1> test:test(1.0).
>>> float_to_list(1.000000, []) = {0.149531,"1.000000"}
>>> float_to_list(1.000000, [{decimals, 4}]) = {0.109001,"1.0000"}
>>> float_to_list(1.000000) = {0.629831,"1.00000000000000000000e+00"}
>>> ok
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>>
>>> Serge
>>>
>>> P.S. I don't have access to solaris and freebsd at the moment, but
>>> the code works on 32/64-bit linux, and is identical for those two
>>> platforms.
>>>
>>> On 3/28/2011 11:39 AM, Sverker Eriksson wrote:
>>>> Thanks for your patch. As you may have seen it did not make it into
>>>> R14B02.
>>>>
>>>> Comments:
>>>>
>>>> 1. Test fail on some platforms (32-bit solaris, freebsd and 64-bit
>>>> linux)
>>>>
>>>> float_to_list(1.0,[compact])
>>>>
>>>> returns "1." instead of "1.0"
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> 2. Would like the interface to be extendable to support printf's %e and
>>>> %g formats in future. Maybe just rename 'precision' to 'decimals'.
>>>>
>>>> 3. Why is default 4 decimals when printf and io:format has 6 as
>>>> default.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> /Sverker, Erlang/OTP
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Serge Aleynikov wrote:
>>>>> This implementation has been submitted as the pull request:
>>>>>
>>>>> https://github.com/erlang/otp/pull/9
>>>>>
>>>>> This version is also optimized to run 5-10x faster than
>>>>> float_to_list/1 for floats under 2^52.
>>>>>
>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>
>>>>> Serge
>>>>>
>>>>> On 1/14/2011 10:33 AM, Gleb Peregud wrote:
>>>>>> Here's my patch:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> http://www.erlang.org/cgi-bin/ezmlm-cgi/4/43529
>>>>>>
>>>>>> It uses double sprintf invocations. Your solution is clearly
>>>>>> better (I
>>>>>> didn't knew it is possible to specify precision in args).
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Your benchmark shows that difference is negligible. Between
>>>>>> integer as
>>>>>> a second parameter or a proplist (~0.4%). Though it might be a bit
>>>>>> more "stable" in terms of running time, but still probably not worth
>>>>>> considering it for performance reasons. It still may be useful in
>>>>>> terms of simpler API, but I have no strong opinion on it.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> So generally +1 on including Serge's patch into Erlang. Serge, can
>>>>>> you
>>>>>> put it into GitHub pull request? As described here:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> https://github.com/erlang/otp/wiki/submitting-patches
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Best,
>>>>>> Gleb
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 18:13, Serge Aleynikov<>
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>> I did a micro-benchmark on a slightly modified version of the BIF
>>>>>>> that
>>>>>>> accepts an integer as its options. The results shown below display a
>>>>>>> very
>>>>>>> insignificant difference between a call with no options and a call
>>>>>>> with an
>>>>>>> integer precision passed as the second argument:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> 1> test:test().
>>>>>>> float_to_list(123.4, []) = {0.619512,"123.4000"}
>>>>>>> float_to_list(123.4, [{precision, 4}]) = {0.624895,"123.4000"}
>>>>>>> float_to_list(123.4, 4) = {0.622896,"123.4000"}
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> The majority of time is actually spent in the printf(3) function,
>>>>>>> which
>>>>>>> takes longer to execute when given the "%.*f" argument compared to
>>>>>>> "%g" as
>>>>>>> in float_to_list/1 case.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Did your patch rely on printf?
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On 1/12/2011 9:23 AM, Gleb Peregud wrote:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Some time ago I've submitted similar but simpler patch. It was a
>>>>>>>> float_to_list/2 with a second parameter being an integer specifying
>>>>>>>> precision. For me it was important to generate A LOT of floats as
>>>>>>>> strings as fast as possible with specified precision. Serge's
>>>>>>>> version
>>>>>>>> has an overhead of inspecting proplist of the second parameter.
>>>>>>>> So I
>>>>>>>> was wondering about introducing two versions of this function:
>>>>>>>> with a
>>>>>>>> proplist as a second parameter and with a number as a second
>>>>>>>> parameter. Alternatively proplist version can be factored out into
>>>>>>>> float_to_list_opts/2.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Just my 0.2 cents
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 15:10, Serge Aleynikov<>
>>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> The reason I called it precision was to be consistent with the
>>>>>>>>> naming
>>>>>>>>> convention of the printf function. Below is the extract from
>>>>>>>>> "man 3
>>>>>>>>> printf", which refers to the digits after the decimal point as
>>>>>>>>> "precision":
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> f, F The double argument is rounded and converted to decimal
>>>>>>>>> notation in the style [-]ddd.ddd, where the number of
>>>>>>>>> digits after the decimal-point character is equal to the
>>>>>>>>> precision specification. If the precision is missing,
>>>>>>>>> it is taken as 6; if the precision is explicitly zero,
>>>>>>>>> no decimal-point character appears. If a decimal point
>>>>>>>>> appears, at least one digit appears before it.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> I don't have a very strong preference for calling it precision or
>>>>>>>>> scale,
>>>>>>>>> but
>>>>>>>>> I do have a strong preference for including this patch in the
>>>>>>>>> distribution,
>>>>>>>>> because the default behavior of float_to_list/1 hard-coded in C is
>>>>>>>>> deficient.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> On 1/12/2011 4:58 AM, nox wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Il should be called "scale", shouldn't it?
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Le 12 janv. 2011 à 10:26, Pierpaolo
>>>>>>>>>> Bernardi<> a
>>>>>>>>>> écrit
>>>>>>>>>> :
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 06:44, Serge
>>>>>>>>>>> Aleynikov<>
>>>>>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Attached please find a patch that adds a new float_to_list/2
>>>>>>>>>>>> BIF. The
>>>>>>>>>>>> patch
>>>>>>>>>>>> was created off of the master branch of
>>>>>>>>>>>> https://github.com/erlang/otp.
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> This BIF solves a problem of float_to_list/1 that doesn't allow
>>>>>>>>>>>> specifying
>>>>>>>>>>>> the number of digits after the decimal point when formatting
>>>>>>>>>>>> floats.
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> float_to_list(Float, Options) -> string()
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Float = float()
>>>>>>>>>>>> Options = [Option]
>>>>>>>>>>>> Option = {precision, Precision::integer()} | compact
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Text representation of a float formatted using given options
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Returns a string which corresponds to the text
>>>>>>>>>>>> representation of Float using fixed decimal point formatting.
>>>>>>>>>>>> When precision option is specified
>>>>>>>>>>>> the returned value will contain at most Precision number of
>>>>>>>>>>>> digits past the decimal point. When compact option is provided
>>>>>>>>>>>> the trailing zeros at the end of the list are truncated.
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> I think the option is misnamed.
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> In the usual terminology, 'precision' is the total number of
>>>>>>>>>>> significative digits, not only the ones past the decimal point.
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Cheers
>>>>>>>>>>> P.
>>>>>>>>>>>
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