Bill Allombert on Thu, 25 Oct 2012 23:26:24 +0200

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%Ps of t_REAL

Hello PARI developers,

? \p10000
   realprecision = 10018 significant digits (10000 digits displayed)
? a=Pi;
? \p38
   realprecision = 38 significant digits
? printf("%s",a)

I know this is the documented behaviour but I cannot say I ever liked it.
I would much prefer to get 10018 digits. (If I wanted 38 digits, I would
do the computation to 38 digits, or I would write %.38s).

I know I can do
but it is hardly convenient and does not work if a is a polynomial:
? printf("%.*g",precision(a),a*x)
  ***   at top-level: printf("%.*g",precis
  ***                 ^--------------------
  *** printf: incorrect type in gtofp (t_POL).
? printf("%.*s",precision(a),a*x)

It is worse in library mode where you do not have any control over
realprecision. It is especially painful with err_printf which is 
used for debugging, when the interesting digits are discarded.