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> Yes, often the result of %d+ is used as a string in my code. Coercing it
> to a number would create more problems and/or inefficiencies (multiple
> unneeded conversions) than it would solve.

"%d+" in a pattern is the same thing as "[0-9]+". It means
"a series of figures". You certainly do not want to coerce
that to a number, because leading zeroes may be significant
(e.g. when extracting phone numbers from strings).

Pierre Chapuis