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Re: bad floating point exception



On Fri, 27 Jul 2007 15:41:32 -0700, Gordon Messmer wrote:

> Mike - EMAIL IGNORED wrote:
>> 
>>    unsigned    x = <seconds in the epoch>;
>>    unsigned    y = 0; // an error
>>    if (x % y == 0)
>>       ...
>> 
>> I got a floating point exception.  Peculiar?
> 
> No.
> 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIGFPE
> "SIGFPE is the signal sent to computer programs that perform erroneous 
> arithmetic operations on POSIX compliant platforms. ... Although SIGFPE 
> does not necessarily involve floating-point arithmetic, there is no way 
> to change its name without breaking backward compatibility."

Looking at your reference, I see that someone knows the
differences among different kinds of errors, and I get the
feeling that something can be done about it.

Mike.



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