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Re: Calcuating with numbers above of 1000000000

From: Paul Jarc
Subject: Re: Calcuating with numbers above of 1000000000
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2002 12:07:14 -0400
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Fabian Foerster <address@hidden> wrote:
>       I wanted to write a script that makes it possible to create extremly 
> long
>       numbers. That wasn't possible to me because, I think, the bash cannot
>       handle numbers above of 1000000000.

bash does not use bignums, it uses one of the C integer types, so
there will be a limited range.  If you upgrade to 2.05b, the range
will probably be larger.  But if you need arbitrarily large integers,
use something other than bash.


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