feclearexcept, fegetexceptflag, feraiseexcept, fesetexceptflag, fetestexcept, fegetenv, fegetround, feholdexcept, fesetround, fesetenv, feupdateenv, feenableexcept, fedisableexcept, fegetexcept - floating-point rounding and exception handling
#include <fenv.h> int feclearexcept(int excepts); int fegetexceptflag(fexcept_t *flagp, int excepts); int feraiseexcept(int excepts); int fesetexceptflag(const fexcept_t *flagp, int excepts); int fetestexcept(int excepts); int fegetround(void); int fesetround(int rounding_mode); int fegetenv(fenv_t *envp); int feholdexcept(fenv_t *envp); int fesetenv(const fenv_t *envp); int feupdateenv(const fenv_t *envp);
These eleven functions were defined in C99, and describe the handling of floating-point rounding and exceptions (overflow, zero-divide, etc.).
divide-by-zero exception occurs when an operation on
finite numbers produces infinity as exact answer.
overflow exception occurs when a result has to be
represented as a floating-point number, but has (much) larger absolute
value than the largest (finite) floating-point number that is
underflow exception occurs when a result has to be
represented as a floating-point number, but has smaller absolute value
than the smallest positive normalized floating-point number (and would
lose much accuracy when represented as a denormalized number).
inexact exception occurs when the rounded result of an
operation is not equal to the infinite precision result. It may occur
invalid exception occurs when there is no well-defined
result for an operation, as for 0/0 or infinity - infinity or
Exceptions are represented in two ways: as a single bit (exception present/absent), and these bits correspond in some implementation-defined way with bit positions in an integer, and also as an opaque structure that may contain more information about the exception (perhaps the code address where it occurred).
Each of the macros FE_DIVBYZERO, FE_INEXACT, FE_INVALID, FE_OVERFLOW, FE_UNDERFLOW is defined when the implementation supports handling of the corresponding exception, and if so then defines the corresponding bit(s), so that one can call exception handling functions, for example, using the integer argument FE_OVERFLOW|FE_UNDERFLOW. Other exceptions may be supported. The macro FE_ALL_EXCEPT is the bitwise OR of all bits corresponding to supported exceptions.
The feclearexcept() function clears the supported exceptions represented by the bits in its argument.
The fegetexceptflag() function stores a
representation of the state of the exception flags represented by the
excepts in the opaque object
The feraiseexcept() function raises the supported
exceptions represented by the bits in
The fesetexceptflag() function sets the complete
status for the exceptions represented by
excepts to the value
*flagp. This value must have been obtained by an earlier call
of fegetexceptflag() with a last argument that
contained all bits in
The fetestexcept() function returns a word in which
the bits are set that were set in the argument
excepts and for
which the corresponding exception is currently set.
The rounding mode determines how the result of floating-point operations is treated when the result cannot be exactly represented in the significand. Various rounding modes may be provided: round to nearest (the default), round up (toward positive infinity), round down (toward negative infinity), and round toward zero.
Each of the macros FE_TONEAREST, FE_UPWARD, FE_DOWNWARD, and FE_TOWARDZERO is defined when the implementation supports getting and setting the corresponding rounding direction.
The fegetround() function returns the macro corresponding to the current rounding mode.
The fesetround() function sets the rounding mode as specified by its argument and returns zero when it was successful.
C99 and POSIX.1-2008 specify an identifier,
FLT_ROUNDS, defined in
indicates the implementation-defined rounding behavior for
floating-point addition. This identifier has one of the following
The rounding mode is not determinable.
Rounding is toward 0.
Rounding is toward nearest number.
Rounding is toward positive infinity.
Rounding is toward negative infinity.
Other values represent machine-dependent, nonstandard rounding modes.
The value of FLT_ROUNDS should reflect the current rounding mode as set by fesetround() (but see BUGS).
The entire floating-point environment, including control modes and
status flags, can be handled as one opaque object, of type
fenv_t. The default environment is denoted by
FE_DFL_ENV (of type
const fenv_t *). This is
the environment setup at program start and it is defined by ISO C to
have round to nearest, all exceptions cleared and a nonstop (continue on
The fegetenv() function saves the current
floating-point environment in the object
The feholdexcept() function does the same, then clears all exception flags, and sets a nonstop (continue on exceptions) mode, if available. It returns zero when successful.
The fesetenv() function restores the floating-point
environment from the object
*envp. This object must be known to
be valid, for example, the result of a call to
fegetenv() or feholdexcept() or equal
to FE_DFL_ENV. This call does not raise exceptions.
The feupdateenv() function installs the
floating-point environment represented by the object
except that currently raised exceptions are not cleared. After calling
this function, the raised exceptions will be a bitwise OR of those
previously set with those in
*envp. As before, the object
*envp must be known to be valid.
These functions return zero on success and nonzero if an error occurred.
These functions first appeared in glibc in version 2.1.
For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).
|feclearexcept(), fegetexceptflag(), feraiseexcept(), fesetexceptflag(), fetestexcept(), fegetround(), fesetround(), fegetenv(), feholdexcept(), fesetenv(), feupdateenv(), feenableexcept(), fedisableexcept(), fegetexcept()||Thread safety||MT-Safe|
IEC 60559 (IEC 559:1989), ANSI/IEEE 854, C99, POSIX.1-2001.
If possible, the GNU C Library defines a macro FE_NOMASK_ENV which represents an environment where every exception raised causes a trap to occur. You can test for this macro using #ifdef. It is defined only if _GNU_SOURCE is defined. The C99 standard does not define a way to set individual bits in the floating-point mask, for example, to trap on specific flags. Since version 2.2, glibc supports the functions feenableexcept() and fedisableexcept() to set individual floating-point traps, and fegetexcept() to query the state.
#define _GNU_SOURCE /* See feature_test_macros(7) */ #include <fenv.h> int feenableexcept(int excepts); int fedisableexcept(int excepts); int fegetexcept(void);
The feenableexcept() and
fedisableexcept() functions enable (disable) traps for
each of the exceptions represented by
excepts and return the
previous set of enabled exceptions when successful, and -1 otherwise.
The fegetexcept() function returns the set of all
currently enabled exceptions.
C99 specifies that the value of FLT_ROUNDS should reflect changes to the current rounding mode, as set by fesetround(). Currently, this does not occur: FLT_ROUNDS always has the value 1.
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