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Bug #60393 Generating minus-zero with ceil()
Submitted: 2011-11-26 08:29 UTC Modified: 2011-11-26 15:04 UTC
From: athlan at vgroup dot pl Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Math related
PHP Version: 5.3.8 OS: MacOSX Snow Leopard
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2011-11-26 08:29 UTC] athlan at vgroup dot pl
From manual page:
You can generate a minus-zero, which is invalid number:

<?php echo ceil(-0.3); ?>

Test script:
<?php echo ceil(-0.3); ?>

Expected result:
<?php echo ceil(-0.3); // should return 0, not -0 ?>

Actual result:
<?php echo ceil(-0.3); // returns -0 ?>


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 [2011-11-26 15:04 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Bogus
 [2011-11-26 15:04 UTC]
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IEEE 754-2008, definition 2.1.25: (...) All floating-point numbers, including zeros and infinities, are signed.
 [2011-11-26 15:05 UTC] anon at anon dot anon
That's correct. Like virtually all modern languages and CPUs, PHP implements the representation and behavior of floating-point numbers according to the standard "IEEE 754". Negative zero is a feature of that standard:
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