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cbrt, cbrtf, cbrtl — cube root functions
double cbrt(double x);
float cbrtf(float x);
long double cbrtl(long double x);
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.1‐2017 defers to the ISO C standard.
These functions shall compute the real cube root of their argument
Upon successful completion, these functions shall return the cube root of
If x is NaN, a NaN shall be returned.
If x is ±0 or ±Inf, x shall be
No errors are defined.
The following sections are informative.
For some applications, a true cube root function, which returns negative results
for negative arguments, is more appropriate than pow(x,
1.0/3.0), which returns a NaN for x less than 0.
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2017, <math.h>
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Std 1003.1-2017, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating
System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 7, 2018
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