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*From*: Berna Massingill <bmassing cs trinity edu>*To*: For users of Fedora Core releases <fedora-list redhat com>*Subject*: Re: BASH question*Date*: Fri, 8 Sep 2006 16:38:58 -0500

On Fri, Sep 08, 2006 at 04:24:55PM -0500, Aaron Konstam wrote: >> On Fri, 2006-09-08 at 16:20 +0200, Sjoerd Mullender wrote: >> > On 2006-09-08 16:01, Aaron Konstam wrote: >> > > On Fri, 2006-09-08 at 15:35 +1000, Cameron Simpson wrote: >> > >> On 07Sep2006 19:17, Khoa Ton <khoa puresynergy com> wrote: >> > >> | >| I find dc (man dc) very useful for floating point arithmetic. >> > >> | >I hate to tell you this, but dc does fixed point arithmetic, not >> > >> | >floating point. >> > >> | Thank you for the correction, Cameron. I will use bc instead >> > >> | of dc for floating point calculations from now on! >> > >> >> > >> 1: What's wrong with fixed point? For your purposes, I mean? >> > >> 2: bc certainly used to be a wrapper for dc, so it was fixed point too! >> > >> >> > > >> > > I am confused about this discussion. If numbers with fractional parts are handled it >> > > is doing floating point arithmetic. bc -l does floating point arithmetic. dc and bc >> > > work in such a different fashion it is hard to think one is a wrapper >> > > for the other. >> > > >> > >> > Fractional parts is not the same as floating point. In fixed point >> > arithmetic you have a fixed number of decimal places available, and in >> > floating point, the point, well, floats. But in either case you (can) >> > have fractional parts. >> > >> > And indeed, bc used to be (and perhaps still is?) a front end for dc. >> > >> Well I am willing to learn but I am unaware that Pentium cpu-s have any way to represent numbers >> with fractional parts other than floating point. So there is no such thing as fixed point representation of >> non-integer numbers on these machines. >> >> In addition I have not found any way to have dc deal with non-integers but that may be I am >> missing something. >> I think you are: The man page for dc talks about a "precision value" that controls the number of figures to the right of the decimal point. You set this value with the "k" command; e.g., "2 k" to set it to 2. Compare the results of "1 2 / f" and "2 k 1 2 / f" for a quick example. -- -- blm

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