OT? Legacy code and constants / good and portable coding (RE: Compiling Wine in Cygwin)
Mon Sep 8 15:58:00 GMT 2003
On Sun, 7 Sep 2003, Hannu E K Nevalainen wrote:
> Ughhh... I wonder who it was that wrote:
It was me.
>> On Fri, 5 Sep 2003, Igor Pechtchanski wrote:
>>> HUGE is a SVID-specific value that is equal to MAXFLOAT on my RedHat
>>> 7.3 box. That is *not* the same as HUGE_VAL, BTW, so I'd use MAXFLOAT
>> MAXFLOAT is outdated. I would suggest FLT_MAX in float.h.
> As there seems to some confusion regarding this: Thus I wonder;
> Is there ANY good reading on what is legacy/outdated - and what isn't!?
Not that I am really aware of. I just went through a porting effort from
Sun Solaris to Cygwin and then to Linux. I found the above from the Linux
port while looking for a common denominator.
On my Redhat 9 box, MAXFLOAT is found in values.h that contains this
Old compatibility names for <limits.h> and <float.h> constants.
This interface is obsolete. New programs should use <limits.h> and/or
<float.h> instead of <values.h>.
float.h, on the other hand, is provided by gcc and contains IEEE
floating point standard definitions as stated by "info libc" on the same
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