[NTG-context] integer displayed as .0 float in Lua-5.3

Arthur Reutenauer arthur.reutenauer at normalesup.org
Sun Aug 12 16:44:28 CEST 2018

On Sat, Aug 11, 2018 at 11:29:41AM +0200, Pablo Rodriguez wrote:
> I realize that the fault is mine, but with backwards compatibility I
> meant that the same operation (10 + "10") gives different results with
> different Lua versions.

  It doesn’t, it returns 10 in both cases.  The difference is in the
behaviour of the print function.  Try


in Lua 5.2 and 5.3: the former prints 10, the latter 10.0.  That is
consistent with the part of the specification you quote in another
email: in Lua >= 5.3, a number with a decimal point in it is always
interpreted as a float.  If the number to be printed is the result of
some computation, however (instead of lexical analysis), a choice needs
to be made: that is where the change occurred, since in Lua 5.2 print
displayed the shortest possible representation, while in Lua 5.3 it
chose to interpret the number as a float.  It’s a reasonable choice and
breaking compatibility for an elementary function such a print is to be
expected when such a change in the language occurred; even desirable, in
my opinion.



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