Automatic Typecasting

 

Unlike C's printf(), the arguments to fmt are automatically cast to the required type if possible. Thus, a floating-point number can be printed as a hexadecimal integer with "%X", or a date field URL-escaped with "%U". Any cast that is nonsensical or impossible (like a varbyte field to "%t" time) will print a "?".

In version 3.01.984500000 20010313 and later, integer formats are automatically cast to the largest integer type available to avoid truncation, so the l, ll or w flags are not generally needed. This behavior can be controlled with the promoteints argument to fmtcp (here).


CAVEATS
Many typecasts are possible but result in truncated output; e.g. printing a float as an int will truncate any decimal places off.


SEE ALSO
fmtcp, mm


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