Re: std::to_string(int) deviates from iostreams result - deliberate?

=?ISO-8859-1?Q?Daniel_Kr=FCgler?= <>
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:05:58 CST
On 2014-04-16 17:18, Martin Ba wrote:

I've noticed something interesting in the specification of

It is defined in terms of std::sprintf and outputting a number with
sprintf is *not* the same as using `operator<<` on a stream.

Correct. The idea behind specifying the to_(w)string overloads was to
provide a convenience function to allow the creation of a simple string
representation for built-in types so that user-code is not required to
struggle with the C API or configuring a stream to that effect. It never
was intended to mimic the behaviour or even the formatting choices of IO

An [ostream][2] uses [std::numput][3] to output numbers, but numput uses
thousands grouping and [std::printf][4] does *not* use thousands grouping.


So, interestingly, the following two snippets will *not* produce the
same results:

#include <iostream>
#include <string>

void f() {
     const int x = 10000;
     std::cout << std::to_string(x); << '\n';
     // => "10000"

void f() {
     const int x = 10000;
     std::cout << x << '\n';
     // => may be "10.000" or "10,000" depending on global locale

Was this design choice deliberate?

Yes, it was. There was never the intention to ensure equal behaviour of
IO stream output and std::to_string result.

Would you think it is a problem?

I don't see such a problem. You should only use the to_string functions
if you do not depend on the effects of locales. If you do, you need a
more fine-grained API for such purposes to control the effects.

HTH & Greetings from Bremen,

Daniel Kr?gler

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