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Old 08-26-2008
Annoying rounding issue in awk

I am getting this very annoying issue in awk:

awk '{a=12825;b=a*1.25; print b}' test

Thing is the multiplication result is wrong... Result should be 16031.25.
I think the issue only happens on bigger numbers.

What can I do to get passed this?
Thanks by advance
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Old 08-26-2008
awk '{a=12825;b=a*1.25; printf "%5.2f\n", b}' test

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Old 08-26-2008
Edit: nevermind, I need to test more
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Old 08-26-2008

This doesn't work:

awk '{ a="12825";  
          if (b != c) printf "%5.2f\t%5.2f\n",b,c  
      }' test

Edit: and replacing the strings by numbers does work ???
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