strange behaviour powl

Brian Dessent
Tue Jan 31 23:18:00 GMT 2006

David Vonka wrote:

> Note that the only difference is "1" instead of "K" on line 3.
> I compile by following command:
> gcc blan.c -lm
> In case A the answer of gcc is
> /cygdrive/c/Temp/ccEHzDhs.o:blan.c:(.text+0x30): undefined reference to
> `_powl'
> collect2: ld gaf exit-status 1 terug

There is no need to ever use -lm under Cygwin because all math functions
are in the main cygwin1.dll.  Specifying -lm is a no-op.

> In case B the program compiles without any problem and returns correct
> answer when run. Both programs compile when substituting "pow" for
> "powl". The switch "-lm" makes no difference(!), the result is exactly
> the same without it.

Cygwin does not provide an implementation of powl().  In case B the
compiler optimized away the call to the function because it recognised
that raising a number to the power of 1 does nothing.


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