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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: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 19:35:33 -0400

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  > Richard> Simplifying the documentation is often a good reason to change the
  > Richard> Emacs Lisp language.  But it is not automatically decisive.  In 
  > Richard> case, there may be important advantages on the other side too.

  > Yeah, I just don't know what those advantages are; or maybe they were
  > explained and I missed and/or did not understand them.

It is this:

  > Speaking of downsides, I think there is at least one downside of making
  > 'eq' work for bignums, which is that it is slower.

I don't know HOW bad this will be.  (It would be nice to find out by
experiment.)  That's why I said there _may_ be important advantages on
the other side.  I don't know how important they are.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (https://gnu.org, https://fsf.org)
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