Abhijith - 4 months ago 14

C++ Question

I'm new to coding (currently learning c++ & I know a little of C)...

was reading about functions in math.h and read about errno...

According to the site I referred :-

Domain error (input argument is outside the range in which the operation is mathematically defined, e.g. std::sqrt(-1), std::log(-1), or std::acos(2)). If MATH_ERRNO bit is set, EDOM is assigned to errno. If MATH_ERREXCEPT bit is set, FE_INVALID is raised.

So I tried writing a small program with that knowledge...

`#include <iostream>`

#include <cerrno>

#include <cmath>

using namespace std;

int main (void)

{

errno = 0;

cout<<"\nWhat I get :-\n";

cout << "log(-3) = " << log(-3) << "\n";

//shouldn't it do (errno = EDOM) in the above step?

cout << "errno = " << errno << "\n";

cout << strerror(errno) << "\n";

errno = EDOM;

cout<<"\nWhat I want :-\n";

cout << "log(-3) = " << log(-3) << "\n";

cout << "errno = " << errno << "\n";

cout << strerror(errno) << "\n\n";

return(0);

}

And in the output I see that the errno is not getting updated to EDOM in my first block even though -3 is not in the domain of log()...

Output:-

`What I get :-`

log(-3) = nan

errno = 0

Undefined error: 0

What I want :-

log(-3) = nan

errno = 33

Numerical argument out of domain

I don't understand what I'm missing here...

Plz help....

I'm compiling my code on Apple LLVM version 7.3.0 (clang-703.0.31) in Mac.

Answer

`#define MATH_ERRNO 1`

is illegal. You should not redefine standard library symbols. MATH_ERRNO is already defined as 1 by standard.

You cannot set how implementation handles error (aside from compiler-specific switches. Read documentation for your compiler). You can only check it:

```
if (math_errhandling & MATH_ERRNO)
std::cout << "Error reporting uses errno\n";
else
std::cout << "Error reporting does not use errno\n";
if (math_errhandling & MATH_ERREXCEPT)
std::cout << "Error reporting uses floating-point exceptions\n";
else
std::cout << "Error reporting does not use floating-point exceptions\n";
```

For clang, relevant flags are `-fmath-errno`

/`-fmath-no-errno`

to use/not use `errno`

.

From discussion on reported bug it seems, that Mac implementation of standard library doesn't use `errno`

at all. So you are out of luck if you want use it for error reporting.