Baars, M.J.
Sat Apr 16 17:55:00 GMT 2011

On 04/16/2011 07:09 PM, Mark Kettenis wrote:
>> Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2011 18:46:54 +0200
>> From: "Baars, M.J."<>
>>>> When you look at the code in question more closely, you will see that it
>>>> will present the content of the status word in more detail than the
>>>> original function,
>>> Which isn't necessarily a good thing.
>> I'll show you the difference in output after the 'info float' command.
>> original output:
>> Status Word:         0x0000
>>                          TOP: 0
>> new and improved output:
>> status word              : 0x0000
>>     exception flags        :
>>     stack fault            : 0
>>     error summary status   : 0
>>     busy                   : 0
>>     top of stack pointer   : 0
>>     condition code         :
>> This will give you a much better overview of what is actually happing in
>> the numeric core, which is eventually what every programmer wants is
>> what I was always taught.
> But it will add a lot of extra lines to the output of "info float"
> such that it doesn't fit on a standard 24-line screen anymore.  The
I suppose you mean 50 lines? That should fit! Are we talking about the 
same standard screen?
> current way of printing things is much more concise.  And your way of
> printing things doesn't really add more information; it just uses more
> words.  Admittedly to interpret the printed codes you probably need to
> have the IA-32 Architecture Software Developer's manual at hand.  But
> to be honest, if you're looking at the FPU at this detailed level you
> probably already are reading that manual.
The exception flags and exception codes are indeed not explained in such 
detail on the screen as they are in the manual. I could implement an 
extra help function to that end later on if you like.


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