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bug#11913: Unusual Emacs 24.1 arithmetic error (abs) on i386 machine

From: Rob Browning
Subject: bug#11913: Unusual Emacs 24.1 arithmetic error (abs) on i386 machine
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:33:58 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.1 (gnu/linux)

Rob Browning <address@hidden> writes:

> Glenn Morris <address@hidden> writes:
>> But why does (abs 8.0) return an arithmetic error at all...?
> OK, at the moment, I believe the short answer is because fabs() is
> changing errno which triggers the default clause in IN_FLOAT() here:
>     default: arith_error (float_error_fn_name, float_error_arg);
> I've been told that this should be considered an Emacs bug because the
> effect of fabs() on errno is strictly undefined, and so fabs() is within
> its rights to do whatever it wants to the value.

For now, I'm going to deploy a patch in the Debian package that just
adds a DEB_IN_FLOAT_NOERRNO() that omits the errno checking, and then
uses that macro for the fabs() call.

Doing something with a similar result would probably be advisable.

Thanks for the help.
Rob Browning
rlb @defaultvalue.org and @debian.org
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