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SCALB(3) | Linux Programmer's Manual | SCALB(3) |

# NAME¶

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*.

**scalb**():

|| /* Since glibc 2.19: */ _DEFAULT_SOURCE

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

**scalbf**(),

**scalbl**():

|| /* 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 *errno*is set to**EDOM**. An invalid floating-point exception (**FE_INVALID**) is raised.- Range error, overflow
*errno*is set to**ERANGE**. An overflow floating-point exception (**FE_OVERFLOW**) is raised.- Range error, underflow
*errno*is set to**ERANGE**. An underflow floating-point exception (**FE_UNDERFLOW**) is raised.

# 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

# BUGS¶

Before glibc 2.20, these functions did not set *errno* for
domain and range errors.

# SEE ALSO¶

# COLOPHON¶

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2020-06-09 |