Bill Allombert on Fri, 27 Feb 2004 01:43:16 +0100

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Re: Puzzling error

On Fri, Feb 27, 2004 at 11:09:55AM +1100, Andrew John Walker wrote:
> I've lately been getting the error
>   ***   division by zero in gdiv, gdivgs or ginv
> in a script I run and would like to try and figure out what is causing
> it. This is in the recent windows compile of version 2.2.8
> Does the value of et and db shown indicate that not enough
> precision was available? Using for instance \p27 stops

Yes. 0E1 design anything between -10 and +10, therefore 
sqrt(1-et) is also 0.E1 and so you get a division per zero

You can first compute sqrt(1-et) and test it is not 0 before
computing the inverse, though probably the best solution
is to trap() the error and restart the whole computation with an 
higher accuracy.