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**Subject**: **Re: Fwd: Lua 5.3.4 Floor division raise error**
**From**: Andrew Gierth <andrew@...>
**Date**: Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:44:35 +0000

>>>>> "Guislain" == Guislain Duthieuw <guislain.duthieuw@gmail.com> writes:
>> Obviously because normal division is always returning a float,
>> whereas floor division between integers returns an integer.
Guislain> I am not a Lua expert but I tested this :
Guislain> =10.0//3
Guislain> 3.0
10.0 is a float.
Guislain> Does that show floor division can return a float ? (as the
Guislain> manual says I think)
The manual says (emphasis mine):
With the exception of exponentiation and float division, the
arithmetic operators work as follows: IF BOTH OPERANDS ARE INTEGERS,
the operation is performed over integers and the result is an
integer. OTHERWISE, if both operands are numbers or strings that can
be converted to numbers (see §3.4.3), then they are converted to
floats, the operation is performed following the usual rules for
floating-point arithmetic (usually the IEEE 754 standard), and THE
RESULT IS A FLOAT.
Exponentiation and float division (/) always convert their operands
to floats and the result is always a float.
So 10.0//3 does not have both operands as integers so it is performed
over floats. But 10//3 has both integer operands and therefore an
integer result.
--
Andrew.