ATOF(3P) POSIX Programmer s Manual ATOF(3P)

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NAME atof - convert a string to a double-precision number

SYNOPSIS #include <stdlib.h>

double atof(const char *str);

DESCRIPTION The call atof(str) shall be equivalent to:

strtod(str,(char **)NULL),

except that the handling of errors may differ. If the value cannot be represented, the behavior is undefined.

RETURN VALUE The atof() function shall return the converted value if the value can be represented.

ERRORS No errors are defined.

The following sections are informative.


APPLICATION USAGE The atof() function is subsumed by strtod() but is retained because it is used extensively in existing code. If the number is not known to be in range, strtod() should be used because atof() is not required to perform any error checking.



SEE ALSO strtod(), the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, <stdlib.h>

COPYRIGHT Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained online at .

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