CEIL(3) Linux Programmer s Manual CEIL(3)

NAME ceil, ceilf, ceill - ceiling function: smallest integral value not less than argument

SYNOPSIS #include <math.h>

double ceil(double x); float ceilf(float x); long double ceill(long double x);

Link with -lm.

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

ceilf(), ceill(): _BSD_SOURCE || _SVID_SOURCE || _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 600 || _ISOC99_SOURCE; or cc -std=c99

DESCRIPTION These functions return the smallest integral value that is not less than x.

For example, ceil(0.5) is 1.0, and ceil(-0.5) is 0.0.

RETURN VALUE These functions return the ceiling of x.

If x is integral, +0, -0, NaN, or infinite, x itself is returned.

ERRORS No errors occur. POSIX.1-2001 documents a range error for overflows, but see NOTES.

CONFORMING TO C99, POSIX.1-2001. The variant returning double also conforms to SVr4, 4.3BSD, C89.

NOTES SUSv2 and POSIX.1-2001 contain text about overflow (which might set errno to ERANGE, or raise an FE_OVERFLOW exception). In practice, the result cannot overflow on any current machine, so this error-handling stuff is just nonsense. (More precisely, overflow can happen only when the maximum value of the exponent is smaller than the number of man- tissa bits. For the IEEE-754 standard 32-bit and 64-bit floating-point numbers the maximum value of the exponent is 128 (respectively, 1024), and the number of mantissa bits is 24 (respectively, 53).)

The integral value returned by these functions may be too large to store in an integer type (int, long, etc.). To avoid an overflow, which will produce undefined results, an application should perform a range check on the returned value before assigning it to an integer type.

SEE ALSO floor(3), lrint(3), nearbyint(3), rint(3), round(3), trunc(3)

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2008-08-05 CEIL(3)