Changes to glibc function strtod in RHEL6 result in unexpected results

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  • Program running into errors referencing the strtod function
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <errno.h>
#include <string.h>

int main()
    char* s = "1.00000000000000e-308";
    char* endptr;
    double ret;

    errno = 0;
    ret = strtod(s, &endptr);

    if (errno) {
        if (errno == ERANGE)
            printf("Error: ERANGE(%s)\n.", strerror(errno));
            printf("Error: other (%s)\n", strerror(errno));
    } else {
        printf("Success: %lf.\n", ret);

    return 0;

Works on Redhat 5.5 with the following output

[root@box lubo]# ./fl
Success: 0.000000.

Fails on Redhat 6.2 with the following output

[root@box tmp]# ./fl
Error: ERANGE(Numerical result out of range)


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

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