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CVS commit: src/lib/libc/stdlib
Module Name: src
Committed By: riastradh
Date: Thu Mar 17 03:26:15 UTC 2016
strtod yields ERANGE for below-subnormal magnitudes, not underflow.
For a floating-point computation, in the language of IEEE 754,
`underflow' means the output was rounded and is too small to be
There are many nonzero floating-point numbers to which the exact
output may have been rounded -- namely subnormals. The condition
under which strtod returns ERANGE for small magnitudes is when the
magnitude of the exact result is so small it is rounded to zero, not
even to a subnormal.
While here, use parallel language about large magnitudes instead of
the (albeit correct) word `overflow', to avoid temptation to treat
`underflow' as the opposite notion with zero instead of infinity.
To generate a diff of this commit:
cvs rdiff -u -r1.20 -r1.21 src/lib/libc/stdlib/strtod.3
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