Manual Reference Pages - NANL (3)
- quiet NaNs
nan const char *s
nanf const char *s
nanl const char *s
macro expands to a quiet NaN (Not A Number).
Similarly, each of the
functions generate a quiet NaN value without raising an invalid exception.
should point to either an empty string or a hexadecimal representation
of a non-negative integer (e.g., "0x1234".)
In the latter case, the integer is encoded in some free bits in the
representation of the NaN, which sometimes store
machine-specific information about why a particular NaN was generated.
There are 22 such bits available for
variables, 51 bits for
variables, and at least 51 bits for a
.Vt long double .
is improperly formatted or represents an integer that is too large,
then the particular encoding of the quiet NaN that is returned
Calling these functions with a non-empty string isnt portable.
Another operating system may translate the string into a different
NaN encoding, and furthermore, the meaning of a given NaN encoding
varies across machine architectures.
If you understood the innards of a particular platform well enough to
know what string to use, then you would have no need for these functions
anyway, so dont use them.
functions and the
macro conform to
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