Title: float('1e500') -> inf, complex('1e500') -> ValueError
Type: behavior Stage: commit review
Components: Interpreter Core Versions: Python 3.1, Python 2.7
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: mark.dickinson Nosy List: eric.smith, mark.dickinson
Priority: normal Keywords: easy, patch

Created on 2009-04-24 12:26 by mark.dickinson, last changed 2009-05-20 18:45 by mark.dickinson. This issue is now closed.

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Messages (6)
msg86402 - (view) Author: Mark Dickinson (mark.dickinson) * (Python committer) Date: 2009-04-24 12:26
In (for example) Python 2.6:

>>> float('1e500')
>>> complex('1e500')
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
ValueError: float() out of range: 1e500

I'd say that one of these is a bug, but I'm not sure which one.

Ideally, float('1e500') would raise OverflowError (not ValueError).  But 
it's quite likely that there are people who depend on the current 
behaviour, and the current behaviour also agrees with what happens for 
float literals:

>>> 1e500

For 2.7 and 3.1, I propose fixing the complex constructor so that 
complex('1e500') produces (inf+0j).  For 2.6 and 3.0, I propose leaving 
the current behaviour as it is.
msg86403 - (view) Author: Mark Dickinson (mark.dickinson) * (Python committer) Date: 2009-04-24 12:28
Note: complex('1e-500') also produces ValueError in 2.6.  That's 
definitely a bug.
msg86505 - (view) Author: Mark Dickinson (mark.dickinson) * (Python committer) Date: 2009-04-25 13:29
complex('1e-500') bug fixed in r71891 (2.6) and r71892 (3.0).
It's already gone in trunk and py3k.

What's left is deciding whether the OverflowError that 2.7 and 3.1 
currently produce should disappear in favour of producing infinities 
msg87861 - (view) Author: Mark Dickinson (mark.dickinson) * (Python committer) Date: 2009-05-16 08:24
Patch against py3k.  If someone can review this I'll apply
it for 3.1;  otherwise, it can wait until 3.2.
msg88002 - (view) Author: Eric V. Smith (eric.smith) * (Python committer) Date: 2009-05-17 20:55
It looks good to me.
msg88132 - (view) Author: Mark Dickinson (mark.dickinson) * (Python committer) Date: 2009-05-20 18:45
Thanks, Eric.  Committed in r72803;  backported to trunk in r72805.
Date User Action Args
2009-05-20 18:45:10mark.dickinsonsetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: fixed
messages: + msg88132
2009-05-17 20:55:41eric.smithsetnosy: + eric.smith
messages: + msg88002
2009-05-16 08:25:27mark.dickinsonsetcomponents: + Interpreter Core
2009-05-16 08:24:51mark.dickinsonsetfiles: + issue5829.patch
priority: normal
versions: - Python 2.6, Python 3.0
messages: + msg87861

keywords: + patch
stage: test needed -> commit review
2009-05-01 15:24:15mark.dickinsonsetassignee: mark.dickinson
2009-04-25 13:29:29mark.dickinsonsetmessages: + msg86505
2009-04-24 12:28:06mark.dickinsonsetmessages: + msg86403
2009-04-24 12:26:47mark.dickinsonsetkeywords: + easy
2009-04-24 12:26:20mark.dickinsoncreate