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*From*: Les Mikesell <lesmikesell gmail com>*To*: For users of Fedora Core releases <fedora-list redhat com>*Subject*: Re: BASH question*Date*: Fri, 08 Sep 2006 17:04:48 -0500

On Fri, 2006-09-08 at 16:24 -0500, Aaron Konstam wrote: > > 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. bc works in decimal about like you would with a pencil. Think of doing a dollar calculation in integer pennies, then putting the decimal point where you want it. I think dc does the same but with stack operations. -- Les Mikesell lesmikesell gmail com

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