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NAME         top

       ecvt, fcvt - convert a floating-point number to a string

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <stdlib.h>

       char *ecvt(double number, int ndigits, int *decpt, int *sign);

       char *fcvt(double number, int ndigits, int *decpt, int *sign);

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

       ecvt(), fcvt():
           Since glibc 2.12:
               (_XOPEN_SOURCE >= 500) ! (_POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 200112L)
                   || /* Glibc since 2.19: */ _DEFAULT_SOURCE
                   || /* Glibc versions <= 2.19: */ _SVID_SOURCE
           Before glibc 2.12:
               _SVID_SOURCE || _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 500

DESCRIPTION         top

       The ecvt() function converts number to a null-terminated string of
       ndigits digits (where ndigits is reduced to a system-specific limit
       determined by the precision of a double), and returns a pointer to
       the string.  The high-order digit is nonzero, unless number is zero.
       The low order digit is rounded.  The string itself does not contain a
       decimal point; however, the position of the decimal point relative to
       the start of the string is stored in *decpt.  A negative value for
       *decpt means that the decimal point is to the left of the start of
       the string.  If the sign of number is negative, *sign is set to a
       nonzero value, otherwise it is set to 0.  If number is zero, it is
       unspecified whether *decpt is 0 or 1.

       The fcvt() function is identical to ecvt(), except that ndigits
       specifies the number of digits after the decimal point.

RETURN VALUE         top

       Both the ecvt() and fcvt() functions return a pointer to a static
       string containing the ASCII representation of number.  The static
       string is overwritten by each call to ecvt() or fcvt().

ATTRIBUTES         top

       For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see

       │Interface Attribute     Value               │
       │ecvt()    │ Thread safety │ MT-Unsafe race:ecvt │
       │fcvt()    │ Thread safety │ MT-Unsafe race:fcvt │

CONFORMING TO         top

       SVr2; marked as LEGACY in POSIX.1-2001.  POSIX.1-2008 removes the
       specifications of ecvt() and fcvt(), recommending the use of
       sprintf(3) instead (though snprintf(3) may be preferable).

NOTES         top

       Not all locales use a point as the radix character ("decimal point").

SEE ALSO         top

       ecvt_r(3), gcvt(3), qecvt(3), setlocale(3), sprintf(3)

COLOPHON         top

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                                 2016-03-15                          ECVT(3)

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