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Re: lib/50698: hypotf() of small numbers yields infinity

The following reply was made to PR lib/50698; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Andreas Gustafsson <>
To: Rin Okuyama <>
Subject: Re: lib/50698: hypotf() of small numbers yields infinity
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 17:14:15 +0200

 On Feb 1, Rin Okuyama wrote:
 > On 2016/01/26 0:01, Andreas Gustafsson wrote:
 > >>   Other changes have been made for libm in FreeBSD. IMO, we should merge
 > >>   reasonable ones.
 > >
 > > Additional patches for the ones you think are reasonable are welcome.
 > > More test cases would be good, too.
 > Sorry for the late reply.
 Likewise :)
 > I examined FreeBSD's libm, and found it much
 > harder than I had imagined to merge their changes into ours.
 > There are three kinds of differences: (1) trivial bug fixes as in this
 > case, (2) long double functions missing in our libm, and (3) non-trivial
 > changes to improve the accuracy or processing speed.
 > We can readily merge (1) by patiently comparing the two implementations.
 > For (2), we have not fully implemented long double functions. Instead,
 > we have wrappers to double functions in src/lib/libm/src/ldbl_dummy.c.
 > Needless to say, this is problematic for architectures with
 > LDBL_MANT_DIG != DBL_MANT_DIG. They have long double functions both for
 > LDBL_MANT_DIG == 64 (amd64, i386, ia64, and m68k), and 113 (aarch64,
 > mips64, and sparc64). If we can merge it, we then have long double
 > functions for all architectures except powerpc64 (LDBL_MANT_DIG == 106).
 > However, for (2) and (3), there remains a big problem; how can we test
 > them? Addition to ATF-based tests ported from us, they have their own
 > test cases:
 > Function returns for some special arguments are checked in their test.
 > But is it enough? Who can check hundreds of magic numbers?
 These are all good questions, but I'm afraid I don't have the answers.
 In any case, the specific bug reported in this PR has now been fixed
 and pulled up to -7, so I will close the PR.  If you have suggestions
 for additional tests or fixes, either for hypotf() or for libm in
 general, feel free to submit them as separate PRs.
 Andreas Gustafsson,

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