# scalb man page

scalb, scalbf, scalbl — multiply floating-point number by integral power of radix (OBSOLETE)

## Synopsis

**#include <math.h>****double scalb(double** *x***, double** *exp***);****float scalbf(float** *x***, float** *exp***);****long double scalbl(long double** *x***, long double** *exp***);**

Link with *-lm*.

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

_XOPEN_SOURCE >= 500

|| /* Since glibc 2.19: */ _DEFAULT_SOURCE

|| /* Glibc versions <= 2.19: */ _BSD_SOURCE || _SVID_SOURCE

**scalbf**(), **scalbl**():

_XOPEN_SOURCE >= 600

|| /* Since glibc 2.19: */ _DEFAULT_SOURCE

|| /* Glibc versions <= 2.19: */ _BSD_SOURCE || _SVID_SOURCE

## Description

These functions multiply their first argument *x* by **FLT_RADIX** (probably 2) to the power of *exp*, that is:

`x * FLT_RADIX ** exp`

The definition of **FLT_RADIX** can be obtained by including *<float.h>*.

## Return Value

On success, these functions return *x* * **FLT_RADIX** ** *exp*.

If *x* or *exp* is a NaN, a NaN is returned.

If *x* is positive infinity (negative infinity), and *exp* is not negative infinity, positive infinity (negative infinity) is returned.

If *x* is +0 (-0), and *exp* is not positive infinity, +0 (-0) is returned.

If *x* is zero, and *exp* is positive infinity, a domain error occurs, and a NaN is returned.

If *x* is an infinity, and *exp* is negative infinity, a domain error occurs, and a NaN is returned.

If the result overflows, a range error occurs, and the functions return **HUGE_VAL**, **HUGE_VALF**, or **HUGE_VALL**, respectively, with a sign the same as *x*.

If the result underflows, a range error occurs, and the functions return zero, with a sign the same as *x*.

## Errors

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

The following errors can occur:

- Domain error:
*x*is 0, and*exp*is positive infinity, or*x*is positive infinity and*exp*is negative infinity and the other argument is not a NaN - An invalid floating-point exception (
**FE_INVALID**) is raised. - Range error, overflow
- An overflow floating-point exception (
**FE_OVERFLOW**) is raised. - Range error, underflow
- An underflow floating-point exception (
**FE_UNDERFLOW**) is raised.

These functions do not set *errno*.

## Attributes

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

Interface | Attribute | Value |
---|---|---|

scalb(), scalbf(), scalbl() | Thread safety | MT-Safe |

## Conforming to

**scalb**() is specified in POSIX.1-2001, but marked obsolescent. POSIX.1-2008 removes the specification of **scalb**(), recommending the use of scalbln(3), scalblnf(3), or scalblnl(3) instead. The **scalb**() function is from 4.3BSD.

**scalbf**() and **scalbl**() are unstandardized; **scalbf**() is nevertheless present on several other systems

## See Also

## Colophon

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## Referenced By

scalbf(3) and scalbl(3) are aliases of scalb(3).