[Numpy-tickets] [NumPy] #582: Crash when embedded using Borland Builder 6

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Thu Sep 20 08:24:45 CDT 2007

#582: Crash when embedded using Borland Builder 6
 Reporter:  thomas      |       Owner:  somebody
     Type:  defect      |      Status:  new     
 Priority:  normal      |   Milestone:          
Component:  numpy.core  |     Version:  none    
 Severity:  major       |    Keywords:          

 when used in an embedded scenario with some non-g++ compilers, every call
 of "import numpy" leads to a crash (Floating Point Overflow) because of
 the following function in umathmodule.c:

 static double
  double mul = 1e10;
  double tmp = 0.0;
  double pinf;
  pinf = mul;
  for (;;) {
  pinf *= mul;
  if (pinf == tmp) break;
  tmp = pinf;
  return pinf;

 When pinf supercedes 1E300, g++ will turn it to infinity, whereas other
 compilers (e.g. Borland C++ Builder) will throw an overflow exception.

 My recommendation is to directly generate the double value for infinity by
 IEEE 754 specification:

   char inf_string[9] = "\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\xF0\x7F";
   double pinf = ((double*)inf_string)[0];

 on little endian architectures, and

   char inf_string[9] = "\x7F\xF0\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00";
   double pinf = ((double*)inf_string)[0];

 on big endian architectures.

 Thank you!

Ticket URL: <http://scipy.org/scipy/numpy/ticket/582>
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