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# fabs(3p) [posix man page]

```FABS(3P)						     POSIX Programmer's Manual							  FABS(3P)

PROLOG
This  manual page is part of the POSIX Programmer's Manual.  The Linux implementation of this interface may differ (consult the correspond-
ing Linux manual page for details of Linux behavior), or the interface may not be implemented on Linux.

NAME
fabs, fabsf, fabsl -- absolute value function

SYNOPSIS
#include <math.h>

double fabs(double x);
float fabsf(float x);
long double fabsl(long double x);

DESCRIPTION
The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with the ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described here
and the ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of POSIX.1-2008 defers to the ISO C standard.

These functions shall compute the absolute value of their argument x,|x|.

RETURN VALUE
Upon successful completion, these functions shall return the absolute value of x.

If x is NaN, a NaN shall be returned.

If x is +-0, +0 shall be returned.

If x is +-Inf, +Inf shall be returned.

ERRORS
No errors are defined.

The following sections are informative.

EXAMPLES
Computing the 1-Norm of a Floating-Point Vector
This example shows the use of fabs() to compute the 1-norm of a vector defined as follows:

norm1(v) = |v[0]| + |v[1]| + ... + |v[n-1]|

where |x| denotes the absolute value of x, n denotes the vector's dimension v[i] denotes the i-th component of v (0<=i<n).

#include <math.h>

double
norm1(const double v[], const int n)
{
int     i;
double  n1_v;  /* 1-norm of v */

n1_v = 0;
for (i=0; i<n; i++) {
n1_v += fabs (v[i]);
}

return n1_v;
}

APPLICATION USAGE
None.

RATIONALE
None.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS
None.

isnan()

The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2008, <math.h>

Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition, Standard for Information Technol-
ogy -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 7, Copyright (C)  2013  by	the  Institute	of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group.  (This is POSIX.1-2008 with the 2013 Technical Corrigendum 1 applied.) 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 Stan-
dard is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained online at http://www.unix.org/online.html .

Any typographical or formatting errors that appear in this page are most likely to have been introduced during the conversion of the source
files to man page format. To report such errors, see https://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/reporting_bugs.html .

IEEE/The Open Group						       2013								  FABS(3P)```

## Check Out this Related Man Page

```FMIN(3P)						     POSIX Programmer's Manual							  FMIN(3P)

PROLOG
This  manual page is part of the POSIX Programmer's Manual.  The Linux implementation of this interface may differ (consult the correspond-
ing Linux manual page for details of Linux behavior), or the interface may not be implemented on Linux.

NAME
fmin, fminf, fminl -- determine minimum numeric value of two floating-point numbers

SYNOPSIS
#include <math.h>

double fmin(double x, double y);
float fminf(float x, float y);
long double fminl(long double x, long double y);

DESCRIPTION
The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with the ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described here
and the ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of POSIX.1-2008 defers to the ISO C standard.

These functions shall determine the minimum numeric value of their arguments.  NaN arguments shall be treated as missing data: if one argu-
ment is a NaN and the other numeric, then these functions shall choose the numeric value.

RETURN VALUE
Upon successful completion, these functions shall return the minimum numeric value of their arguments.

If just one argument is a NaN, the other argument shall be returned.

If x and y are NaN, a NaN shall be returned.

ERRORS
No errors are defined.

The following sections are informative.

EXAMPLES
None.

APPLICATION USAGE
None.

RATIONALE
None.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS
None.

fdim(), fmax()

The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2008, <math.h>