Bug #2754: Inconsistent behavior of Math methods on 1.8 when requiring Complex library
http://redmine.ruby-lang.org/issues/show/2754

Author: Brian Ford
Status: Open, Priority: Normal
ruby -v: ruby 1.8.7 (2009-12-24 patchlevel 248) [i686-darwin9.8.0]

On 1.8, requiring lib/complex.rb changes the behavior of Math methods to be Complex-aware. However, the new methods do not behave consistently with the methods they are replacing on various aspects not involving Complex numbers.

Here is an example with Math.atanh:

# The original method coerces an argument
$ ruby1.8.7 -v -e 'o = Object.new; def o.to_f; 0.5; end; p Math.atanh(o)'
ruby 1.8.7 (2009-12-24 patchlevel 248) [i686-darwin9.8.0]
0.549306144334055

# The new method does not
$ ruby1.8.7 -v -rcomplex -e 'o = Object.new; def o.to_f; 0.5; end; p Math.atanh(o)'
ruby 1.8.7 (2009-12-24 patchlevel 248) [i686-darwin9.8.0]
/Users/brian/devel/ruby187/install/lib/ruby/1.8/complex.rb:614:in `+': Object can't be coerced into Float (TypeError)
        from /Users/brian/devel/ruby187/install/lib/ruby/1.8/complex.rb:614:in `atanh'
        from -e:1

# The original method raises an ArgumentError
$ ruby1.8.7 -v -e 'p Math.atanh("str")'ruby 1.8.7 (2009-12-24 patchlevel 248) [i686-darwin9.8.0]
-e:1:in `atanh': invalid value for Float(): "str" (ArgumentError)
        from -e:1

# The new method raises a TypeError
$ ruby1.8.7 -v -rcomplex -e 'p Math.atanh("str")'
ruby 1.8.7 (2009-12-24 patchlevel 248) [i686-darwin9.8.0]
/Users/brian/devel/ruby187/install/lib/ruby/1.8/complex.rb:614:in `+': String can't be coerced into Float (TypeError)
        from /Users/brian/devel/ruby187/install/lib/ruby/1.8/complex.rb:614:in `atanh'
        from -e:1

These methods should behave consistently on all inputs that are not Complex.

There are numerous tickets related to Complex and Math interaction. I was unable to find one that states a satisfactory explanation to this issue. If there is one, please direct me to it and I apologize for the noise.

Thanks,
Brian


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