Is there an easy way to get at the value of DBL_MAX from Python?

Robert Kern rkern at
Fri Jul 8 04:10:40 CEST 2005

George Sakkis wrote:
> "Steve Juranich" <sjuranic at> wrote:
>>I'm in a situation where it would be nice to have access to this
>>value. I've been looking for it all afternoon and can't find anything.
> Where exactly have you been looking ? I guess not in Google, because
> the fifth result after querying "dbl_max" is
> which follows up to
> There is a Numeric subpackage named 'kinds' that provides it along with
> other constants, but it seems it has been excluded from the latest (and
> final I believe) version of Numeric (24.0b2) that I have installed, so
> I can't actually check it.

It has been removed from the Numeric distribution and no one has made a 
real release since. However, it is still available in CVS.

Robert Kern
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