GNU bc

Christ Schlacta aarcane at
Thu Dec 15 21:18:13 CET 2011

On 12/15/2011 12:07, Thomas Thomas wrote:
> So, I rewrote GNU bc's number system to use GMP to store and manipulate the numeric data, and I'm not sure what I should do with it. I sent it to Phil Nelson [in August], but I probably insulted him with the condition it is in (you need to manually change the make files to include libgmp). On this vein, why doesn't GMP include a fixed-point data type (either decimal or binary)? Is it too trivial for y'all to bother with? It would be handy for currency calculations, like the cost of a loaf of bread in drachmas.
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Fixed point is what people use because their platform doesn't support 
floating point because it sucks.  You can approximate fixed point using 
mpq and always using a denominator that's a power of ten.

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