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Old 02-13-2013
Double to const char conversion

Dear all,
I am using C and ROOT for programming. And I need to incorporate following in my code.

 char *fps=NULL;
  int dec=0,sign=0;
  float mean = h1->GetMean(1);   //0.001298
  fps= fcvt(mean,6 , &dec, &sign);

I need to provide this mean as const char to some other function to get displayed on my final plot.

Alas, this is working. But not compltely.
For the mean value = 0.001298. It is only displaying on the plot as 1298 (depeneding on the no of char I asked for).

What I want is to display mean as 0.001298.

Please help.

Thanks a lot,
# 2  
Old 02-13-2013
Man Page for fcvt (opensolaris Section 3c) - The UNIX and Linux Forums says The high-order digit is non-zero, unless the value is 0. The
low-order digit is rounded. The position of the radix character rela-
tive to the beginning of the string is stored in the integer pointed to
by decpt (negative means to the left of the returned digits).

Maybe you want to convert with one of the options of sprintf:
$ printf '%8.6f\n' .00123456

Or use decpt to figure how much of "0.0*" to tack onto the front.
sprintf( fps2, "%.*s%s", 10 + dec, "0.00000000", fps );

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# 3  
Old 02-14-2013
thanks, Smilie it worked..
# 4  
Old 02-14-2013
PS: I prefer a no-*printf() solution on inner loops for speed, and just memcpy() the bytes of "0.0000*" I need to the buffer, or often even better, fwrite() or write() first the "0.0000*" bytes out and then the fps, so there is no excess copying. The idea of parsing the "%.*s%s" over and over bothers me. Maybe the optimizers chew it up? Output is, after all, the point of the exercise. Work back from output to the minimum variables you need. Write stuff in pieces if pieces is how it comes. However, write() is a system call where you can lose the CPU, so the FILE* buffering of fwrite() is a good thing for little pieces. And putc() is a macro, so it is always inline optimizable.

Last edited by DGPickett; 02-14-2013 at 02:24 PM..
# 5  
Old 02-14-2013
Originally Posted by DGPickett
And putc() is a macro, so it is always inline optimizable.
Given that FILE * is opaque, how does it macroize it?
# 6  
Old 02-14-2013
I suspect that a FILE* points to a struct with a buffer pointer, a characters-in-buffer-count or next-character-pointer, a buffer size and a file descriptor, and putc() is a macro that directly puts one more character in the buffer, then if full writes it, returns EOF if EOF or error, else sets the characters-in-buffer-count to zero or next-character-pointer to the buffer pointer and returns the character written. There is no function call stack overhead as with not-inlined fwrite(), fputs() or fprintf(). Man Page for putc (opensolaris Section 3) - The UNIX and Linux Forums
# 7  
Old 02-14-2013
This also seems to apply to GNU GCC and libc, too. Neat.
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