Bug in ruby printf/sprintf

I have encountered what appears to be a bug in ruby’s printf/sprintf

This code:

str = “test”
printf “|%010s|”, str

Generates this output:
| test|

However in C and perl, the same code generates this output:
|000000test|

The latter output is correct according to the man pages, according to
the ruby doc for printf/sprintf the behavior should be the same.

Has anyone else encountered this? Is there something I’m missing here
or is there a workaround for it if it is a bug?

Thanks,
Paul

The equivalent C program under RedHat Linux 3 update 6 x86_64 produces
| test|

Also, I ran your ruby code in ruby 1.8.4 (2006-12-24) and it also
produces the same results as the C code does.

Tiberius wrote:

The equivalent C program under RedHat Linux 3 update 6 x86_64 produces
| test|

Also, I ran your ruby code in ruby 1.8.4 (2006-12-24) and it also
produces the same results as the C code does.

That’s interesting. I just tried the same on linux (Gentoo) and you’re
correct, printf in C behaves the same way there. In Mac OS X (10.4) and
FreeBSD (6.1) it does zero pad it as does perl on all platforms. I
wonder why I haven’t hit this before and what the reason for the
difference is. Time to take a look at the doc’s for the linux version.

–Paul

Hi,]

In message “Re: Bug in ruby printf/sprintf”
on Sat, 29 Jul 2006 04:45:13 +0900, “[email protected]
[email protected] writes:

|That’s interesting. I just tried the same on linux (Gentoo) and you’re
|correct, printf in C behaves the same way there. In Mac OS X (10.4) and
|FreeBSD (6.1) it does zero pad it as does perl on all platforms. I
|wonder why I haven’t hit this before and what the reason for the
|difference is. Time to take a look at the doc’s for the linux version.

From Linux man page printf(3):

   0      The  value  should be zero padded.  For d, i, o, u, x,
          X, a, A, e, E, f, F, g, and G conversions, the converted
          value is padded on the left with zeros rather than
          blanks.  If the 0 and - flags both appear, the 0 flag is
          ignored.  If a precision is given with a numeric
          conversion (d, i, o, u, x, and X), the 0 flag is
          ignored.  For other conversions, the behavior is
          undefined.

It’s behavior is undefined, so that some fills with zeros and others
just ignore. Don’t use zero with %s specifier if you want portable
behavior.

						matz.

On 7/29/06, Yukihiro M. [email protected] wrote:

It’s behavior is undefined, so that some fills with zeros and others
just ignore. Don’t use zero with %s specifier if you want portable
behavior.

So here’s portable:
print “|#{str.rjust(10, “0”)}|”

Sorry to insult everyone’s intelligence!

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