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Author ethan.furman
Recipients amaury.forgeotdarc, barry, eli.bendersky, eric.snow, ethan.furman, ezio.melotti, ncoghlan, pitrou, rhettinger
Date 2013-06-20.01:48:05
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Here's the relevant routine from _json.c:

static PyObject *
encoder_encode_float(PyEncoderObject *s, PyObject *obj)
    /* Return the JSON representation of a PyFloat */
    double i = PyFloat_AS_DOUBLE(obj);
    if (!Py_IS_FINITE(i)) {
        if (!s->allow_nan) {
            PyErr_SetString(PyExc_ValueError, "Out of range float values are not JSON compliant");
            return NULL;
        if (i > 0) {
            return PyUnicode_FromString("Infinity");
        else if (i < 0) {
            return PyUnicode_FromString("-Infinity");
        else {
            return PyUnicode_FromString("NaN");
    /* Use a better float format here? */
    return PyObject_Repr(obj);

Possible solutions

  - Use PyObject_Str() instead of PyObject_Repr()

    I was unable to find any references to why it isn't currently PyObject_Str(), but switching over to it did not break any tests

  - Coerce the obj to a PyFloat, and take the repr of that (just use the `i`)

    float subclasses would always lose the subclass status, but that is lost on deserialization anyway unless a custom decoder is used; and if a custom decoder is being used I would think a custom encoder is also being used?


Having hybrid Enums not change __str__ would solve most of the json serialization issues;
either of the above two changes will solve the json issue of enumerated floats.

Thoughts on which route to take for json?
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