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Re: Using the GNU GMP Library for Bignums in Emacs

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Using the GNU GMP Library for Bignums in Emacs
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:42:39 -0400

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  > Of course we could to do that. Hopefully there isn't existing
  > Emacs Lisp code that relies on unsafe arithmetic /anywhere/. If the
  > functions + - * / operate on bignums (instead of dedicated bignum
  > functions), would that mean we drop 32/64 bit integers entirely?

To eliminate the current types for small integers would
require rewriting of much of the C code in Emacs.
It would be better to represent small integers as now,
and have a different structure for larger integers.

Dr Richard Stallman
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