[metapost] Uninitialized variable sometimes causing malformed TFM files
tex at 2krueger.de
Wed Mar 20 20:26:22 CET 2019
---- On Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:01:08 +0100 luigi scarso <luigi.scarso at gmail.com> wrote ----
> On Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 6:54 PM Marcel Krüger <tex at 2krueger.de> wrote:
> ---- On Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:29:09 +0100 luigi scarso <luigi.scarso at gmail.com> wrote ----
> > On Sat, Mar 16, 2019 at 6:04 PM Marcel Krüger <tex at 2krueger.de> wrote:
> > sorry for delay, I will it asap. --
> > luigi
> Thanks. There is one other thing, I do not really know if I would describe it as a backward compatibility bug or a feature request:
> For non-"scaled" numbersystems, code like
> filldraw stroke z1e--z2e;
> (example taken from cmbase.mf, `left_bracket`)
> fail, because z1e-- is interpreted as z 1e- - instead of z1e --. So z1e--z2e is equal to z1-z2e, leading to lots of errors.
> I understand that the new numbersystems and the exponential syntax can lead to problems of this kind, but I think this could be avoided:
> Maybe a `e+` / `e-` could only be interpreted as exponential notation if it is followed by a digit? I do not think
> anyone would write "1e-" or "3e+" for 1 or 3, so it should not lead to any breakage.
> On the other hand it would catch almost all cases where this is invoked accidentially.
> A possible implementation of this change is attached.
> hm it looks like a serious bug, and I fear I will not able to fix it for next TL --- but I hope to put it into trunk immediately after the TL code is frozen.
Right, I am sorry for bringing this up so late in the TL cycle.
One additional note on this: The behaviour described above (`1e-` being interpreted as `1`) seems to be specific to the `double` mode.
The `decimal` mode just fails because it is not able to parse the number, which further reduces the risk of breaking some code by changing the current
Also I attached a fixed version of the earlier patch, there was a smaller error.
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