Re: [Rd] floating point control on windows

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Mon 29 Aug 2005 - 15:53:05 GMT

We recommend calling Rwin_fpset() which is exported by R.dll and is known to do the trick. As it contains

     _controlfp(_PC_64, _MCW_PC);

it may be that the args you used are incorrect (and I am not on Windows to check the docs, but note that is the form used in the URL you cite).

On Mon, 29 Aug 2005, Chris Paulse wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm sure that this question has come up many times before. When I load an R
> extension dll I've built with the Microsoft compiler, I get the warning:

> Warning message:
> DLL attempted to change FPU control word from 8001f to 9001f
> So, what I did to try to fix the problem (to my knowledge, Microsoft will
> not support compile time switching of floating point control until version
> 8.0 of their compiler - see: was to place
> the following statement inside R_init_mylib:

> _controlfp(_MCW_PC, _PC_64); // use extended precision for operations in x87
> This didn't fix my problem. I ended up sprinkling these liberally
> throughout my code, but that didn't help. One thing I do like about the
> Microsoft compiler is the debugging facility. But, I'll definitely switch
> to gcc if this is necessary to get rid of the problem.

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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