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0004207OCaml~DO NOT USE (was: OCaml general)public2007-02-14 22:482007-02-21 15:14
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0004207: int_of_float nan = 0, int_of_float infinity = 0
It seems that the only sane thing for int_of_float to do when presented with NaN is to raise an exception, the same goes for infinity.
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2007-02-14 22:48letarisNew Issue
2007-02-21 15:14xleroyNote Added: 0003923
2007-02-21 15:14xleroyStatusnew => closed
2007-02-21 15:14xleroyResolutionopen => won't fix
2017-02-23 16:36doligezCategoryOCaml general => -OCaml general
2017-03-03 17:55doligezCategory-OCaml general => -(deprecated) general
2017-03-03 18:01doligezCategory-(deprecated) general => ~deprecated (was: OCaml general)
2017-03-06 17:04doligezCategory~deprecated (was: OCaml general) => ~DO NOT USE (was: OCaml general)

2007-02-21 15:14   
The documentation for int_of_float does warn that the result is unspecified if the float argument falls outside the range of representable integers. I will add "or if the argument is NaN".

But, more generally, int_of_float inherits its semantics from that of the double -> long conversion of C or that of the corresponding machine instruction, just like other integer and float arithmetic operations in Caml. I don't think it would make sense to raise an exception in case of overflow for int_of_float but not for other arithmetic operations.

Note that if this is a serious problem in your application, it is possible to define a safer version of int_of_float, for instance:

let min_float_int = (* appropriate float constant close to min_int *)
let max_float_int = (* appropriate float constant close to max_int *)
let safe_int_of_float f =
  if f >= min_float_int && f <= max_float_int
  then int_of_float f
  else invalid_argument "safe_int_of_float"