fdim man page

fdim, fdimf, fdiml — positive difference


#include <math.h>

double fdim(double x, double y);
float fdimf(float x, float y);
long double fdiml(long double x, long double y);

Link with -lm.

Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

fdimf(), fdiml():



These functions return the positive difference, max(x-y,0), between their arguments.

Return Value

On success, these functions return the positive difference.

If x or y is a NaN, a NaN is returned.

If the result overflows, a range error occurs, and the functions return HUGE_VAL, HUGE_VALF, or HUGE_VALL, respectively.


See math_error(7) for information on how to determine whether an error has occurred when calling these functions.

The following errors can occur:

Range error: result overflow
An overflow floating-point exception (FE_OVERFLOW) is raised.

These functions do not set errno.


These functions first appeared in glibc in version 2.1.


For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).

fdim(), fdimf(), fdiml()Thread safetyMT-Safe

Conforming to

C99, POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

See Also


Referenced By

fmax(3), fmin(3).

Explore man page connections for fdim(3).

fdimf(3) and fdiml(3) are aliases of fdim(3).