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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*: Sat, 09 Sep 2006 20:35:29 -0500

On Sat, 2006-09-09 at 18:20, Aaron Konstam wrote: > Look all this information is interesting. And indeed there have been > cpu-s that were capable of fixed point arithmetic. Pentiums are not > among them. I have not seen the source code for either bc or dc but I > doubt if they implement a form of fixed point arithmetic. It would be > possible to do this but it is an awful lot of trouble for something that > can be done in floating point arithmetic and then displayed with the > appropriate precision. > > But if you know that bc and dc actually implement fixed point arithmetic > routines ans can testify to that fact I will be interested to hear about > it. They do decimal integer math and shift the decimal point where you tell it. And they don't use the processor representation since they can handle arbitrarily large numbers. -- Les Mikesell lesmikesell gmail com

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