Svirskas Rob-ERS007 Rob.Svirskas at
Wed Aug 1 16:43:10 CDT 2001

     Your code is fine - the problem is just that numbers (floating point or otherwise) are stored in internal (binary) representation. The "extra digits" that you see tacked on the end are a consequence of how a floating point number is stored in binary format. The inconsistencies are compounded when you perform arithmetic operations. If you really need long floats, use Math::BigFloat. If it's precision you're worried about, check out Math::FixedPrecision. Both will be slow (compared to "straight math operations") due to overloading of arithmetic operators. Hope this helps.
                         - Rob

-----Original Message-----
From: Thomas Whitney [mailto:whitneyt at]
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2001 2:16 PM
To: phoenix-pm-list at
Subject: Re: Math

Thanks Scott,

Here is the problem I was having last year. Just ran it again same problem. I am running on v5.6.0. I don't see anything wrong that I am doing.

Script started on Thu Aug 17 15:57:29 2000
peoblej at holodeck[148]: cat
#!/usr/local/bin/perl -w
use strict;

my $result = 0.0;
$result = 0.07 * 10000.0;
printf "%40.35f\n", $result;
peoblej at holodeck[149]:
peoblej at holodeck[150]: exit
script done on Thu Aug 17 15:57:44 2000


Scott Walters wrote:

> Hey Tom,
> Well, looking at Math::BigInt/BigFloat, they do everything in Perl by
> unpacking into an array from a string... something in C or Perl
> that minipulated it directly in its binary format would be much faster...
> what problems were you having with perls built in operators? Overflow?
> Precision? Don't know of anything offhand, and I assume you've searched
> CPAN... If you wanted to use a C library, Doug just did a demo on
> [what was that?] Embed, which makes it really easy to stick some C
> right in middle of your Perl.
> -scott
> On Wed, 1 Aug 2001, Thomas Whitney wrote:
> > Hi All,
> >
> > I am doing a lot of decimal arithmetic. I ran into problems using perl's standard arithmetic. Right now I am using Math::BigFloat, but it seems slow. Can anybody recommend a better module
> >
> > Thanks
> > Tom
> >
> >

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