# logb man page

## Prolog

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logb, logbf, logbl — radix-independent exponent

## Synopsis

```
#include <math.h>
double logb(double
```*x*);
float logbf(float *x*);
long double logbl(long double *x*);

## Description

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.1‐2008 defers to the ISO C standard.

These functions shall compute the exponent of *x*, which is the integral part of log_{r} |*x*|, as a signed floating-point value, for non-zero *x*, where *r* is the radix of the machine's floating-point arithmetic, which is the value of FLT_RADIX defined in the *<float.h>* header.

If *x* is subnormal it is treated as though it were normalized; thus for finite positive *x*:

`1 <= `*x* * FLT_RADIX^{-logb(x)} < FLT_RADIX

An application wishing to check for error situations should set *errno* to zero and call *feclearexcept*(FE_ALL_EXCEPT) before calling these functions. On return, if *errno* is non-zero or *fetestexcept*(FE_INVALID | FE_DIVBYZERO | FE_OVERFLOW | FE_UNDERFLOW) is non-zero, an error has occurred.

## Return Value

Upon successful completion, these functions shall return the exponent of *x*.

If *x* is ±0, *logb*(), *logbf*(), and *logbl*() shall return -HUGE_VAL, -HUGE_VALF, and -HUGE_VALL, respectively.

On systems that support the IEC 60559 Floating-Point option, a pole error shall occur;

otherwise, a pole error may occur.

If *x* is NaN, a NaN shall be returned.

If *x* is ±Inf, +Inf shall be returned.

## Errors

These functions shall fail if:

- Pole Error
The value of

*x*is ±0.If the integer expression (

*math_errhandling*& MATH_ERRNO) is non-zero, then*errno*shall be set to**[ERANGE]**. If the integer expression (*math_errhandling*& MATH_ERREXCEPT) is non-zero, then the divide-by-zero floating-point exception shall be raised.

These functions may fail if:

- Pole Error
The value of

*x*is 0.If the integer expression (

*math_errhandling*& MATH_ERRNO) is non-zero, then*errno*shall be set to**[ERANGE]**. If the integer expression (*math_errhandling*& MATH_ERREXCEPT) is non-zero, then the divide-by-zero floating-point exception shall be raised.

*The following sections are informative.*

## Application Usage

On error, the expressions (*math_errhandling* & MATH_ERRNO) and (*math_errhandling* & MATH_ERREXCEPT) are independent of each other, but at least one of them must be non-zero.

## See Also

*feclearexcept()*, *fetestexcept()*, *ilogb()*, *scalbln()*

The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, *Section 4.19*, *Treatment of Error Conditions for Mathematical Functions*, * <float.h>*,

**<math.h>**## Copyright

Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 7, Copyright (C) 2013 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. (This is POSIX.1-2008 with the 2013 Technical Corrigendum 1 applied.) In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained online at http://www.unix.org/online.html .