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Re: [Help-bash] floating point arithmetic

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: [Help-bash] floating point arithmetic
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:18:25 -0400
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On 10/31/17 5:38 AM, Jerry wrote:
> Thanks to everyone who replied. I appreciate it. However, I am still wondering
> if Bash will ever support true floating point arithmetic natively? I was
> advised to switch to "ksh93"; however, I have been trying hard to learn bash,
> and I really don't want to switch if not absolutely necessary.

I don't think the class of problems that native floating point arithmetic
would solve (as opposed to using something like awk/bc/dc) is large
enough to compensate for the development effort. If someone else wanted
to take a crack at it, though, I'd most likely incorporate the results.

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    address@hidden

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