"Pedro M. Ferreira" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Tom Lane wrote:
>> I think a single setting extra_float_digits would be sufficient.

> Ok. Assuming,

> int extra_float_digits, default 0, min -13, max 2

> If extra_float_digits==-13 and we are outputing a float4 this results in 
> a negative value for FLT_DIG+extra_float_digits.

You would want to clamp the values passed to %g to not less than 1.
I'd favor code like
        int     ndig = FLT_DIG + extra_float_digits;
        if (ndig < 1)
                ndig = 1;
        sprintf(ascii, "%.*g", ndig, num);

Probably best to do it this way with float8 too; otherwise we're
essentially wiring in the assumption that we know what DBL_DIG is.
Which is exactly what we're trying to avoid doing.

                        regards, tom lane

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