Issue #8299 has been reported by bobjalex (Bob Alexander).

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Backport #8299: Minor error in float parsing
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/8299

Author: bobjalex (Bob Alexander)
Status: Open
Priority: Low
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I encountered a float that either parses [slightly] differently (or converts to string differently) in Ruby than it does in Python or Java. This looks like a  Ruby bug since the result "looks" incorrect.

It is easily reproduced by entering the magic number (-1.1505945E-5) into irb. It behaves the same in 2.0 and 1.9. I'm using Windows.

Below is an irb session that demonstrates. Also included are JRuby and Python trials that show better behavior.

This issue is not causing me any problems, but just in case someone there is interested in looking into it...

Bob

>ruby -v
ruby 2.0.0p0 (2013-02-24) [i386-mingw32]

>irb
irb(main):001:0> RUBY_VERSION
=> "2.0.0"
irb(main):002:0> -1.1505945E-5
=> -1.1505945000000001e-05

>ruby19 -v
ruby 1.9.3p392 (2013-02-22) [i386-mingw32]

>irb19
irb(main):001:0> RUBY_VERSION
=> "1.9.3"
irb(main):002:0> -1.1505945E-5
=> -1.1505945000000001e-05
irb(main):002:0>

>jirb
irb(main):001:0> -1.1505945E-5
=> -1.1505945e-05

>python
Python 2.7.4rc1 (default, Mar 24 2013, 14:34:32) [MSC v.1500 32 bit (Intel)] on
win32
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> -1.1505945E-5
-1.1505945e-05
>>> repr(-1.1505945E-5)
'-1.1505945e-05'




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