[plt-scheme] fix for (sin 12345678901234567890123)

From: Anton van Straaten (anton at appsolutions.com)
Date: Tue Dec 3 04:47:12 EST 2002

So, on c.l.s. it has been indirectly pointed out that (sin
12345678901234567890123) obeys the following curious invariant in MzScheme
202 on Windows:

	(define oleg-num 12345678901234567890123)
	(eqv? (exact->inexact oleg-num) (sin oleg-num)) => #t

With Microsoft's C compiler, the problem seems to be caused by use of the
/O2 compiler option.  The c.l.s. thread and my latest message there gives
more detail.

This might be fixable for PLT Scheme's Windows version by checking whether
Visual Studio 6.0 Service Pack 3 fixes it, per
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q217033, which seems
related.  I haven't tested this myself.

If that doesn't fix it, then turning off global optimizations (/Og-) in the
appropriate places will definitely fix it.  mzscheme/src/number.c would be
one such place.  Global optimizations can also be disabled with #pragmas in
the code - putting pragmas around the GEN_UNARY_OP definitions for sin_prim
et al did indeed fix the problem, but of course other floating-point code
may be affected.


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