[Numpy-discussion] long double woes on win32

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris@gmail....
Sat Aug 16 17:18:09 CDT 2008

On Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 3:02 PM, Charles R Harris <charlesr.harris@gmail.com
> wrote:

> On Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 2:46 PM, David Cournapeau <cournape@gmail.com>wrote:
>> On Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 2:07 PM, Charles R Harris
>> <charlesr.harris@gmail.com> wrote:
>> >
>> >
>> > There is seems to be a problem in defining the functions called for the
>> > different types.
>> I don't know enough about this part of the code to be sure about the
>> whole function calls stack, but I would guess this is not surprising
>> and even expected: you force long double to be double, but you still
>> call the long double function if you do np.exp, so this cannot work.
> Part of the problem is that the loops/functions called depend on the
> typecode, i.e., dtype.char, which stays as 'g' even when the underlying type
> is float64. We can't really fix that because the C-API still allows folks to
> create arrays using the typecode and we would have to fudge things so the
> right "wrong" descr was returned. Ugly, and a left over from numeric which
> defined types to match the c types instead of the precision. Maybe we should
> rewrite in FORTRAN ;) Anyway, I think the easiest solution might be to use
> npy_func internally and add a -DNOLONGDOUBLE flag to override the values
> returned by the distutils test code. Whether we should try such a big
> modification before 1.2 is another question.

Another place this could be fixed for the ufuncs is in the ufunc code
generator, i.e., in __umath_generated.c lines like

    exp_functions[2] = PyUFunc_g_g;
    exp_data[2] = (void *) expl;

could have expl replaced by exp. But there are likely other problems that
will need fixing.

Too bad there isn't a flag in gcc to automatically compile long doubles as
doubles. There *is* one to compile floats as doubles.

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