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Author tim.peters
Date 2002-03-20.18:34:03
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stringobject.c's formatfloat seems confused in a 
couple respects.

1. Testing "fabs(x)/1e25 >= 1e25" is pretty baffling.  
What is it intending to do?  If it means what it says, 
it should be the simpler "fabs(x) >= 1e50".  But maybe 
it really intended to test "fabs(x) >= 1e25".

2. The "worst case length calc" is fantasy in some %f 
cases.  It assumes there's one digit before the 
decimal point, but, e.g., '%.100f'% 1e49 produces 
dozens of digits before the decimal point.  We're 
saved from a buffer overrun thanks to the PyOS_snprintf
() following, but unclear that truncation is sensible 
here (e.g., the user asked for a precision of 100 
here, but only gets back 50 digits after the decimal 

Complication:  we're deliberately replacing C's %f 
with C's %g in some cases, but the docs don't document 
the rules Python intends for %f.
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