I'm not sure, but it's been that way from the start. E.g., my old Dates
module returns a date's string representation via
return '%.3s %2d %.3s ' % (
_MONTH_NAMES[self.month-1] ) + `self.year`
because self.year may be a long (so can't be converted as part of the '%'
I bet Steve's right, that it's because libc's sprintf doesn't know about
Python's long ints.
return '%.3s %2d %.3s %s' % (
would have worked in the above, which may or may not strike you as cleaner.
minor-inelegance-ly y'rs - tim
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