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Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 09:36:21 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: cluts - numeric test expectations

On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 01:44:57PM +0200, Luka Marčetić wrote:
> In short: I think, like Rich said, absolutely all "0x" tests should
> point to 'x'. Any objections? Speak now or forever hold your peace*.

I think this is correct.

> >Tests which expect *endptr==str after overflow (ERANGE): I believe
> >this expectation is incorrect, but glibc seems to disagree. I can't
> >find any language in the standard to support the behavior explicitly,
> >or to allow it as an interpretation. The definition of "subject
> >sequence" makes no reference to the value having to fit in a
> >certain-size integer type,
> Though I did remake ERANGE tests (see "> MAX" commit) with the
> endptr-nptr offset strlen of nptr, I've now reviewed the case, and I
> think it should still be endptr==nptr. There is no actual conversion
> in my opinion: *_MAX returned value simply means out of scope. See
> "Return value" section: "Upon successful completion, these functions
> shall return the converted value". The reason I say it's not a
> converted value is because successful completion it is not, see
> "Errors" section: "These functions shall fail if: (...) [ERANGE] The

I agree that the return value may not be a "converted value", but the
text about endptr says nothing about whether a conversion took place.
It merely says:

    If the subject sequence has the expected form...A pointer to the
    final string shall be stored in the object pointed to by endptr,
    provided that endptr is not a null pointer.

The part I elided was about other behavior that happens when the
subject sequence has the correct form (conversion and possible
negation) but there's no text that makes storage to endptr being
conditional on the outcome of that converstion (or conversion

> >  only that it belong to a clearly-defined
> >regular language, e.g. /[-+]?(0x)?[[:xdigit:]]+/ for base==16.
> Is that your regexp or an official one (if there is such a thing)?
> Because I think, in light of what you've said above regarding the
> first issue, it might be wrong: Wouldn't this regexp greedily match
> "0x" for you, instead of the shorter [[:xdigit:]], the latter of
> which is alone of the "expected form"?

It's mine, not official. You could probably derive the official one
from some BNF or whatever they have in the C standard. Note however
that the regex I gave does not match "0x" because [[:xdigit:]] has a +
after it (1 or more occurrances). Thus in the case where no xdigits
follow the 0x, the regex matcher would have to take the option of
(0x)? matching "" (empty string) and the [[:xdigit:]] matching the


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