On Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 11:23:36AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 10:54 AM, Russell King - ARM Linux
> <li...@armlinux.org.uk> wrote:
> >
> > FPE_FLTINV means "floating point invalid operation".  Does it really
> > cover the case where hardware has failed, or is it intended to cover
> > the case where userspace did something wrong and asked for an invalid
> > operation from the FP hardware?
> Note that the number of people who actually look at the si_code is
> approximately zero.
> But the ones that _do_ check the si_code are certainly not going to
> check it against a new code that they don't know about.
> I suspect that if you start searching for FLT_xyz occurrences in code,
> approximately 100% of them are from the kernel code that generates
> them, not from any actual users.
> So I'd be very surprised if you can find *anybody* who cares about
> that exact value (with the possible exceptions of test-suites).
> Sadly, google code-search is no more. It was useful for things like that.

I've found https://codesearch.debian.net/ useful for digging into this
kind of question, though it tends to throw up a lot of false positives.

Most uses I've seen do nothing more than use the FPE_xyz value to
format diagnostic messages while dying.  I struggled to find code that
made a meaningful functional decision based on the value, though that's
not proof...


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