Merlin Moncure <> writes:
> On Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 4:55 PM, Tom Lane <> wrote:
>> Pavel Stehule <> writes:
> it looks like gcc bug - gcc 4.5.1 20100924 (Red Hat 4.5.1) It was
> configured just with --enable-debug and --enable-cassert
>> Is this x86?  I can't reproduce it on x86_64.

> reading all the comments in the gcc bug report, this is because x86
> targets the x87 fpu by default which is where the bug is -- it's a
> hardware problem.  x86_64 targets sse which has stricter standards for
> rounding.  most x86 processors support sse -- is there a reason why we
> don't target sse?

Well, older machines won't have sse, and in any case I think x86 is not
the only architecture with the issue, just the most popular one.
Floating-point registers that are wider than standard double are hardly
an unusual idea.

                        regards, tom lane

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