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Niko Tyni
August 27, 2010 02:18
[perl #77456] unexpected NV conversion in numeric comparison + overloading
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This is a bug report for perl from Niko Tyni <>,
generated with the help of perlbug 1.39 running under perl 5.13.4.

As seen in [ #59478] and
overloading numeric conversion and then doing numeric comparison triggers
an unexpected IV -> NV conversion behind the scenes.

Test 1 of the following script fails with 64-bit integers and 64-bit
doubles because precision is lost in the conversion process.

While I can see that this may not be a bug at all, consider that
it was originally seen with the Moose test suite where an object was
overloaded to numify as its refaddr() value. Having two objects compare
as equivalent is certainly surprising behaviour here, particularly as
it only showed up on the ia64 ("Itanium") architecture where refaddr()
returns big integers instead of small ones.

Anyway, feel free to close this ticket if it's all working as it should.


package Foo;

my $i = 1 << 53;
use overload '0+' => sub { $i++ },
             fallback => 1;

package main;

print "1..2\n";
my $f1 = bless {}, 'Foo';
my $f2 = bless {}, 'Foo';

print ((($f1 == $f2) ? "not " : "") . "ok 1 - equivalence first\n");
print (((0+$f1 == 0+$f2) ? "not " : "") . "ok 2 - numification first\n");

Site configuration information for perl 5.13.4:

Configured by niko at Thu Aug 26 19:13:41 EEST 2010.

Summary of my perl5 (revision 5 version 13 subversion 4) configuration:
  Derived from: 1a0a2ba99e0c0ff795f145aaf54fcf0c4a8f7478
    osname=linux, osvers=2.6.32-5-amd64, archname=x86_64-linux-gnu-thread-multi
    uname='linux madeleine 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 smp thu aug 12 13:01:50 utc 2010 x86_64 gnulinux '
    config_args='-Dusethreads -Duselargefiles -Dccflags=-DDEBIAN -Dcccdlflags=-fPIC -Darchname=x86_64-linux-gnu -Dprefix=/usr -Dprivlib=/usr/share/perl/5.13 -Darchlib=/usr/lib/perl/5.13 -Dvendorprefix=/usr -Dvendorlib=/usr/share/perl5 -Dvendorarch=/usr/lib/perl5 -Dsiteprefix=/usr/local -Dsitelib=/usr/local/share/perl/5.13.4 -Dsitearch=/usr/local/lib/perl/5.13.4 -Dman1dir=/usr/share/man/man1 -Dman3dir=/usr/share/man/man3 -Dsiteman1dir=/usr/local/man/man1 -Dsiteman3dir=/usr/local/man/man3 -Dman1ext=1 -Dman3ext=3perl -Dpager=/usr/bin/sensible-pager -Uafs -Ud_csh -Ud_ualarm -Uusesfio -Uusenm -DDEBUGGING=both -Doptimize=-O0 -Dusedevel -Uuseshrplib -des'
    hint=recommended, useposix=true, d_sigaction=define
    useithreads=define, usemultiplicity=define
    useperlio=define, d_sfio=undef, uselargefiles=define, usesocks=undef
    use64bitint=define, use64bitall=define, uselongdouble=undef
    usemymalloc=n, bincompat5005=undef
    cc='cc', ccflags ='-D_REENTRANT -D_GNU_SOURCE -DDEBIAN -DDEBUGGING -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe -fstack-protector -I/usr/local/include -D_LARGEFILE_SOURCE -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64',
    optimize='-O0 -g',
    cppflags='-D_REENTRANT -D_GNU_SOURCE -DDEBIAN -DDEBUGGING -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe -fstack-protector -I/usr/local/include'
    ccversion='', gccversion='4.4.5 20100816 (prerelease)', gccosandvers=''
    intsize=4, longsize=8, ptrsize=8, doublesize=8, byteorder=12345678
    d_longlong=define, longlongsize=8, d_longdbl=define, longdblsize=16
    ivtype='long', ivsize=8, nvtype='double', nvsize=8, Off_t='off_t', lseeksize=8
    alignbytes=8, prototype=define
  Linker and Libraries:
    ld='cc', ldflags =' -fstack-protector -L/usr/local/lib'
    libpth=/usr/local/lib /lib /usr/lib /lib64 /usr/lib64
    libs=-lnsl -lgdbm -ldb -ldl -lm -lcrypt -lutil -lpthread -lc -lgdbm_compat
    perllibs=-lnsl -ldl -lm -lcrypt -lutil -lpthread -lc
    libc=/lib/, so=so, useshrplib=false, libperl=libperl.a
  Dynamic Linking:
    dlsrc=dl_dlopen.xs, dlext=so, d_dlsymun=undef, ccdlflags='-Wl,-E'
    cccdlflags='-fPIC', lddlflags='-shared -O0 -g -L/usr/local/lib -fstack-protector'

Locally applied patches:

@INC for perl 5.13.4:

Environment for perl 5.13.4:
    LANGUAGE (unset)
    LD_LIBRARY_PATH (unset)
    LOGDIR (unset)
    PERL_BADLANG (unset)

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