feraiseexcept - Man Page

raise floating-point exception


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#include <fenv.h>

int feraiseexcept(int excepts);


The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with the ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described here and the ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of POSIX.1-2017 defers to the ISO C standard.

The feraiseexcept() function shall attempt to raise the supported floating-point exceptions represented by the excepts argument. The order in which these floating-point exceptions are raised is unspecified, except that if the excepts argument represents IEC 60559 valid coincident floating-point exceptions for atomic operations (namely overflow and inexact, or underflow and inexact), then overflow or underflow shall be raised before inexact. Whether the feraiseexcept() function additionally raises the inexact floating-point exception whenever it raises the overflow or underflow floating-point exception is implementation-defined.

Return Value

If the argument is zero or if all the specified exceptions were successfully raised, feraiseexcept() shall return zero. Otherwise, it shall return a non-zero value.


No errors are defined.

The following sections are informative.



Application Usage

The effect is intended to be similar to that of floating-point exceptions raised by arithmetic operations. Hence, enabled traps for floating-point exceptions raised by this function are taken.


Raising overflow or underflow is allowed to also raise inexact because on some architectures the only practical way to raise an exception is to execute an instruction that has the exception as a side-effect. The function is not restricted to accept only valid coincident expressions for atomic operations, so the function can be used to raise exceptions accrued over several operations.

Future Directions


See Also

feclearexcept(), fegetexceptflag(), fetestexcept()

The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2017, <fenv.h>

Referenced By

feclearexcept(3p), fegetexceptflag(3p), fenv.h(0p), fetestexcept(3p).

2017 IEEE/The Open Group POSIX Programmer's Manual