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On 16/01/2015 20:53, Dirk Laurie wrote:
2015-01-16 21:41 GMT+02:00 Lorenzo Donati <>:
Hi all!

I just found something that seems odd in Lua 5.3.

According to sect 3.4.3 in the refman:

"The conversion from strings to numbers goes as follows: First, the string
is converted to an integer or a float, following its syntax and the rules of
the Lua lexer. (The string may have also leading and trailing spaces and a
sign.) Then, the resulting number is converted to the required type (float
or integer) according to the previous rules."

Thus if I have a string which is "42" it should be coerced to an integer,
since 42 is parsed as an integer constant by the lexer, whereas I get:

print( 43, "42" + 1 ) --> 43   43.0

where it seems that the addition is a float addition, signaling that one of
the operands is float. Is this a bug, an error in the refman or maybe
something on my side (Windows 7-64, using 32bit executables compiled with
TDM-GCC 4.9.2 32 bit)? Am I missing something?

It also happens under Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. But:

Good to know it is repeatable on other platforms. Was it reported before on the list? If it was, did Lua team said something about that?

    print( 43, tonumber"42" + 1 ) --> 43   43

Let's be careful with the word "bug", shall we? Don't want to annoy people.
But certainly this seems to be a documentation/implementation anomaly.

Well, if it is by design (so it is not a bug, but an implementation detail), and it works differently among platforms, the manual overspecified the thing.