Title: Float infinity unpicklable with BINFLOAT-using protocols
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Components: Library (Lib) Versions: Python 2.3
Status: closed Resolution: duplicate
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Assigned To: tim.peters Nosy List: exarkun, tim.peters
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Created on 2004-01-21 00:20 by exarkun, last changed 2004-01-21 01:28 by tim.peters. This issue is now closed.

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msg19730 - (view) Author: Jean-Paul Calderone (exarkun) * (Python committer) Date: 2004-01-21 00:20
>>> import pickle
>>> pickle.dumps(1e100000, 2)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
  File "/usr/lib/python2.3/", line 1386, in dumps
    Pickler(file, protocol, bin).dump(obj)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.3/", line 231, in dump
  File "/usr/lib/python2.3/", line 293, in save
    f(self, obj) # Call unbound method with explicit self
  File "/usr/lib/python2.3/", line 489, in
    self.write(BINFLOAT + pack('>d', obj))
SystemError: frexp() result out of range

Prior to BINFLOAT, float infinity could successfully be
pickled.  The right thing to do here seems to be to
catch the exception and fall back to a FLOAT (string
representation) token.
msg19731 - (view) Author: Tim Peters (tim.peters) * (Python committer) Date: 2004-01-21 01:28
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Closed as Duplicate.  See 
<>.  The feature request is 
part of PEP 42.  Python currently has no support for infinities, 
NaNs, or signed zeroes in pickles; if you think you saw one of 
those work now, it's a platform accident (in particular, 
whether the string form of an infinity works depends entirely 
on your platform C library, and such pickles are not portable).
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2004-01-21 00:20:07exarkuncreate