--- Comment #4 from Don <clugd...@yahoo.com.au> 2009-07-14 04:03:19 PDT ---
(In reply to comment #3)
> Thanks for the explanation. At least I know why that happens, now. What do you
> suggest, then? Staying with FPREM or going with FPREM1 ?
It's hard to justify including a primitive built-in operator that differs from
IEEE. But it may be justifiable when it's the only way to avoid a major break
from C and intuition.
int x = 15 % 10;
int y = cast(int)((cast(float)15) % 10);
// Are we really comfortable with these being completely different?
You know, all this time I was thinking that the behaviour of % for negative
integers was because it needed to be consistent with floating-point modulus...
Now it just seems to be wrong.
But I think I have the answer. In IEEE, the preferred conversion from float to
int uses round-to-nearest. IEEE remainder makes sense in that context. Since in
cast(int), D has inherited 'chop' rounding from C, D needs to also inherit C's
So D should stay with FPREM. But we need to document it properly.
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