Opened 15 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

Last modified 12 years ago

#1147 closed Bug (Fixed)

Comparison of numbers against strings gives unexpected results

Reported by: jchd Owned by: Valik
Milestone: Component: AutoIt
Version: Severity: None
Keywords: comparison strings numbers Cc:


The wording used in the helpfile, Datatypes section (when a string is "used" as a number) pushed me to try some tests whose results go against the common explanation repeatedly given: "if a number is compared to a string, the later is evaluated as Number(string)". In short, we have that:

(5 = Number("5abc")) returns True, but
(5 = "5abc") returns False !?!
("5abc" = 5) returns False !?! (just checking)
(0 > "5abc") returns False !?!
(1 > "5abc") returns True !?!
(5 > "5abc") returns True !?!

It _sounds_ like the current rules are something along those lines:

any string containing one or more non-(digit or minus) is evaluated as integer 0

Reals have other rules:

(5 = 5. ) returns True
(5 = '5.') returns False
(5. = '5.') returns False

Perhaps the behavior of comparison between strings and numerics should be clarified. Or Number() should convert the string before comparison, which could possibly break existing (doubtful) code.

I still don't know if this ticket really is a feature request, a documentation clarification request or a bug report.

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comment:1 Changed 15 years ago by TicketCleanup

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Automatic ticket cleanup.

comment:2 Changed 15 years ago by Valik

  • Type changed from Feature Request to Bug
  • Version set to

This looks very much like a bug. I see some suspicious code that makes me think the implicit conversions aren't working right.

comment:3 Changed 15 years ago by Jpm

  • Owner set to Valik
  • Status changed from new to assigned

comment:4 Changed 15 years ago by Valik

  • Severity changed from None to Blocking

comment:5 Changed 15 years ago by Valik

  • Milestone set to
  • Resolution set to Fixed
  • Status changed from assigned to closed

Fixed in version:

comment:6 Changed 15 years ago by Valik

  • Milestone deleted
  • Resolution Fixed deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

I'm reverting my change for the time being. The behavior will not be changed in

comment:7 Changed 15 years ago by Valik

  • Severity changed from Blocking to None

Removing the blocking flag. This will not be fixed until later down the road.

comment:8 Changed 12 years ago by Valik

  • Milestone set to Future Release
  • Resolution set to Fixed
  • Status changed from reopened to closed

It seems like this was fixed at some point. Closing as such.

comment:9 Changed 12 years ago by Jpm

  • Milestone changed from Future Release to

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