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Re: bin/47840: awk string comparison of integer constant
The following reply was made to PR bin/47840; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: David Holland <dholland-bugs%netbsd.org@localhost>
Subject: Re: bin/47840: awk string comparison of integer constant
Date: Fri, 24 May 2013 07:51:55 +0000
On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 11:05:03PM +0000, Valery Ushakov wrote:
> > Note that k < 10 is evaluated as a string comparison.
> > Is this required by some standard? gawk does the same thing, but it
> > definitely violates the POLA.
> Hmm, it does, indeed, but [...]
Blah... all right then, can we at least warn if a numeric constant
gets converted to a string value like this? It is reasonable to
suppose that if I (or anyone else) intended a string value I would
have written a string constant.
The behavior I've just exhibited is just as nonsensical as that cited
in that RATIONALE.
David A. Holland
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