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Re: Fix x86 sqrt rounding (bug 14032)

On Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 02:08:42PM +1300, Richard Henderson wrote:
> On 11/28/2013 12:23 PM, Rich Felker wrote:
> >> Surely this is much more complex than simply setting the rounding precision to
> >> double before using fsqrt.
> > 
> > Setting the rounding precision is likely to be much slower, and has
> > issues with signals (signal handlers could be invoked with wrong
> > rounding precision, resulting in completely wrong results).
> I thought signal handlers always have this problem; if the user expects
> to be able to use any floating point from a signal handler one must always set
> a complete floating point environment.  E.g. the program could be in the middle
> of an integer conversion and have set round-to-zero.

Indeed, that's an issue I hadn't considered. However, at present due
to bug 16068 an application trying to handle this correctly/portably
can't fix the precision because loading the default environment does
not load the precision.


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