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Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:11:50 +1100 (AEDT)
From: Damian McGuckin <>
Subject: Triggering Overflow (or Underflow) without triggering Inexact on

I am trying to write arithmetic expressions using only x87 instructions to 
trigger an exception.  The ASM instruction to raise the flag in the status 
register has way too much overhead.

My normal technique of doing either of these would also trigger Inexact.

 	volatile long double t;

 	Overflow:  t = largest normal long double, t *= t;
 	Underflow:  t = smallest normal long double, t *= t;

Can it be triggered WITHOUT also triggering INEXACT?

Regards - Damian

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