[erlang-questions] pre-EEP: accurate float printing (replacement for io_lib_format:fwrite_g/1)

Bjorn Gustavsson bjorn@REDACTED
Tue Dec 11 10:10:48 CET 2007

"Bob Ippolito" <bob@REDACTED> writes:

> ~g with no precision specification (io_lib_format:fwrite_g/1) is a
> perfect target and it hits every use the shell has, ~f and ~e I don't
> care about. Having yet another float format would be completely stupid
> and confusing to anyone that doesn't know the back story for why
> supposed backward compatibility required the need for another format.
> Other languages have undergone this type of change with no ill effects
> that I've heard of (e.g. TCL did this in 2003 [1]).

I agree. If there are no compatibility problems *in practice*, we
should simply make the change.

Björn Gustavsson, Erlang/OTP, Ericsson AB

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