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# SCALBLN

Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (3)
Updated: 2008-08-11

## NAME

scalbn, scalbnf, scalbnl, scalbln, scalblnf, scalblnl - multiply floating-point number by integral power of radix

## SYNOPSIS

#include <math.h>

double scalbln(double x, long int exp);
float scalblnf(float x, long int exp);
long double scalblnl(long double x, long int exp);

double scalbn(double x, int exp);
float scalbnf(float x, int exp);
long double scalbnl(long double x, int exp);

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

scalbln(), scalblnf(), scalblnl(): _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 600 || _ISOC99_SOURCE; or cc -std=c99
scalbn(), scalbnf(), scalbnl(): _BSD_SOURCE || _SVID_SOURCE || _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 600 || _ISOC99_SOURCE; or cc -std=c99

## DESCRIPTION

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

If x is positive infinity (negative infinity), positive infinity (negative infinity) is returned.

If x is +0 (-0), +0 (-0) 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:

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.

## VERSIONS

These functions first appeared in glibc in version 2.1.

## CONFORMING TO

C99, POSIX.1-2001.

## NOTES

These functions differ from the obsolete functions described in scalb(3) in the type of their second argument. The functions described on this page have a second argument of an integral type, while those in scalb(3) have a second argument of type double.

If FLT_RADIX equals 2 (which is usual), then scalbn() is equivalent to ldexp(3).

ldexp(3), scalb(3)

## COLOPHON

This page is part of release 3.21 of the Linux man-pages project. A description of the project, and information about reporting bugs, can be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.

## Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
RETURN VALUE
ERRORS
VERSIONS
CONFORMING TO
NOTES
COLOPHON

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