PATCH: HUGE_VAL should be Infinity

Jeffrey A Law
Tue Oct 17 18:51:00 GMT 2000

  In message < >you write:
  > >   In message < >you write:
  > >   > Having thought a little more about this, I believe the change is wron
  > g as i
  > >   > will make the define in math.h inconsistent with the system's existin
  > g math
  > >   > library.  Thus, the patch should not be applied.
  > > Excellent point.
  > > 
  > > I guess the "fix" is to upgrade to hpux11 where this situation is handled
  > > more gracefully.  FWIW, I do most of my hpux work on hpux11 now.
  > After thinking about this overnight, I beieve the hugeval.c test should be
  > changed because the second half is not a compiler test.  It checks whether
  > the definition of HUGE_VAL is +Infinity.  The linux math.h header states
  > that HUGE_VAL is +Infinity on all IEEE754 machines.  However, this appears
  > not to be the case.  In any case, systems predating the standard or without
  > ieee floating point will fail the hugeval test.  Since I don't think
  > compiler tests should fail when there is nothing wrong with the compiler,
  > I will try to come up with a test fix.
Another option (if fixing hugeval.c is a pain) is to move hugeval.c into the
ieee directory which makes it clearer that it depends on ieee754 arithmetic.

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