Stingery Stingery - 3 months ago 17
C++ Question

C++ fabs(long double) compiler warning

I want to have the absolute value of a

long double
.

According to
<cmath>
or
<math.h>
, the following is available:

double fabs (double x);
float fabs (float x);
long double fabs (long double x);


However, when doing
long double ld = fabs(static_cast<long double>(0));
, I get the following warning (LLVM 7.1):

Absolute value function 'fabs' given an argument of type 'long double' but has parameter of type 'double' which may cause truncation of value


How come?

What other ways are there to get the absolute value of a
long double
?

Answer

According to cppreference http://en.cppreference.com/w/c/numeric/math/fabs and http://en.cppreference.com/w/cpp/numeric/math/fabs the C version of fabs in the global namespace only accepts a double argument and you would need to use fabsl. However std::fabs or std::abs should have the proper long double overloads for you.