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[perl #125471] sprintf behavior or documentation bug
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generated with the help of perlbug 1.40 running under perl 5.20.2.


I've found a discrepancy between documentation and behavior.  I'm not
sure which is correct.

perldoc -f sprintf says, "When a space and a plus sign are given as
the flags at once, a plus sign is used to prefix a positive number."
This is not accurate.  As the documentation notes,

printf '<%+ d>', 12;   # prints "<+12>"

However, the plus sign is printed even in the case of one number that
isn't positive:

printf '<%+ d>', 0;   # prints "<+0>" instead of "<0>" or "< 0>"

Is the documentation supposed to say "a plus sign is used to prefix a
nonnegative number"?  Or is the combination of space and + supposed to
inhibit the printing of a plus sign before a 0?  The latter makes more
sense, since there seems to be no other way to inhibit the illogical
"+0" output while retaining the + for positive numbers.  (Why isn't this
simply the default for all uses of the + flag?)

Thank you.
Site configuration information for perl 5.20.2:

Configured by Gentoo at Mon Apr  6 15:25:39 CDT 2015.

Summary of my perl5 (revision 5 version 20 subversion 2) configuration:
    osname=linux, osvers=3.12.13-gentoo-3.12.13-custom,
    uname='linux evo 3.12.13-gentoo-3.12.13-custom #3 smp sat jul 12
18:05:24 cdt 2014 i686 intel(r) pentium(r) 4 cpu 1.70ghz genuineintel
gnulinux '
    config_args='-des -Duseshrplib -Darchname=i686-linux
-Dcc=i686-pc-linux-gnu-gcc -Doptimize=-O2 -march=native -pipe
-Dldflags=-Wl,-O1 -Wl,--as-needed -Dprefix=/usr -Dinstallprefix=/usr
-Dsiteprefix=/usr/local -Dvendorprefix=/usr -Dscriptdir=/usr/bin
-Dprivlib=/usr/lib/perl5/5.20.2 -Darchlib=/usr/lib/perl5/5.20.2/i686-linux
-Dman1dir=/usr/share/man/man1 -Dman3dir=/usr/share/man/man3
-Dsiteman1dir=/usr/local/man/man1 -Dsiteman3dir=/usr/local/man/man3
-Dvendorman1dir=/usr/share/man/man1 -Dvendorman3dir=/usr/share/man/man3
-Dman1ext=1 -Dman3ext=3pm
-Dlocincpth=/usr/include  -Dglibpth=/lib /usr/lib  -Duselargefiles
-Dd_semctl_semun -Dcf_by=Gentoo -Dmyhostname=localhost
-Dperladmin=root@localhost -Dinstallusrbinperl=n -Ud_csh -Uusenm -Di_ndbm
-Di_gdbm -Di_db -DDEBUGGING=none -Dinc_version_list=5.20.0/i686-linux
5.20.0 5.20.1/i686-linux 5.20.1  -Dnoextensions=ODBM_File'
    hint=recommended, useposix=true, d_sigaction=define
    useithreads=undef, usemultiplicity=undef
    use64bitint=undef, use64bitall=undef, uselongdouble=undef
    usemymalloc=n, bincompat5005=undef
    cc='i686-pc-linux-gnu-gcc', ccflags ='-fwrapv -fno-strict-aliasing
    optimize='-O2 -march=native -pipe',
    cppflags='-fwrapv -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe'
    ccversion='', gccversion='4.8.3', gccosandvers=''
    intsize=4, longsize=4, ptrsize=4, doublesize=8, byteorder=1234
    d_longlong=define, longlongsize=8, d_longdbl=define, longdblsize=12
    ivtype='long', ivsize=4, nvtype='double', nvsize=8, Off_t='off_t',
    alignbytes=4, prototype=define
  Linker and Libraries:
    ld='i686-pc-linux-gnu-gcc', ldflags ='-Wl,-O1 -Wl,--as-needed'
    libpth=/usr/lib/gcc/i686-pc-linux-gnu/4.8.3/include-fixed /usr/lib
/lib/../lib /usr/lib/../lib /lib
    libs=-lnsl -lgdbm -ldb -ldl -lm -lcrypt -lutil -lc -lgdbm_compat
    perllibs=-lnsl -ldl -lm -lcrypt -lutil -lc, so=so, useshrplib=true,
  Dynamic Linking:
    dlsrc=dl_dlopen.xs, dlext=so, d_dlsymun=undef, ccdlflags='-Wl,-E'
    cccdlflags='-fPIC', lddlflags='-shared -O2 -march=native -pipe
-Wl,-O1 -Wl,--as-needed'

Locally applied patches:
    gentoo/hints_hpux - Fix hpux hints
    gentoo/aix_soname - aix gcc detection and shared library soname
    gentoo/EUMM-RUNPATH -
cpan/ExtUtils-MakeMaker: drop $PORTAGE_TMPDIR from LD_RUN_PATH
    gentoo/config_over - Remove -rpath and append LDFLAGS to lddlflags
    gentoo/opensolaris_headers - [PATCH] Add headers for opensolaris
    gentoo/patchlevel - List packaged patches for perl-5.20.2(#1)
in patchlevel.h
    gentoo/cpanplus_definstalldirs - Configure CPANPLUS to use the site
directories by default.
    gentoo/cleanup-paths - [PATCH] Cleanup PATH and shrpenv
    gentoo/enc2xs - Tweak enc2xs to follow symlinks and ignore missing
@INC directories.
    gentoo/enc2xs_checksums -
    gentoo/darwin-cc-ld - [PATCH] darwin:
Use $CC to link
    gentoo/cpan_definstalldirs - Provide a sensible INSTALLDIRS default
for modules installed from CPAN.
    gentoo/interix - [PATCH] Fix interix hints
    gentoo/create_libperl_soname - [PATCH]
Set libperl soname
    gentoo/mod_paths - Add /etc/perl to @INC
    gentoo/EUMM_delete_packlist -
    gentoo/drop_fstack_protector - [PATCH]
Don't force -fstack-protector on everyone
    gentoo/usr_local - [PATCH] Remove /usr/local paths
    gentoo/D-SHA-CFLAGS - [PATCH] Do not
set custom CFLAGS in cpan/Digest-SHA
    gentoo/io_socket_ip_tests -
    debian/cpan-missing-site-dirs - Fix CPAN::FirstTime defaults with
nonexisting site dirs if a parent is writable
    debian/regcomp-mips-optim - Downgrade the optimization of regcomp.c
on mips and mipsel due to a gcc-4.9 bug
    debian/perldoc-less-R - Tell the 'less' pager to allow terminal
escape sequences
    debian/makemaker-pasthru - Pass LD settings through to subdirectories
    fixes/net_smtp_docs - [ #36038] Document the Net::SMTP
'Port' option
    fixes/memoize_storable_nstore - [ #77790]
Memoize::Storable: respect 'nstore' option not respected
    fixes/document_makemaker_ccflags - [ #68613] Document
that CCFLAGS should include $Config{ccflags}

@INC for perl 5.20.2:

Environment for perl 5.20.2:
    LANGUAGE (unset)
    LD_LIBRARY_PATH (unset)
    LOGDIR (unset)
    PERL_BADLANG (unset)

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