Subject: Re: replacement for bc(1), dc(1), diff(1), and diff(3)
To: Jason Thorpe <>
From: None <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 03/28/2005 16:27:54
> On Mar 25, 2005, at 8:54 AM, Igor Sobrado wrote:
> > Following the advice of Karsten Kruse, I will propose this change
> > in this mailing list instead of the comp.unix.bsd.netbsd.misc
> > newsgroup.
> >
> > My suggestion is replacing bc(1), dc(1),
> There has already been some private discussion about replacing bc/ 
> dc.  I do not know the heritage of the OpenBSD versions, but Anders  
> Magnussen was looking at the now-freed-up old AT&T versions.  I'll  
> let him elaborate further.
Yep, I fixed the AT&T tools to be more modern ~4 years ago, directly
after the Caldera code release.  I didn't add full gnu-compatibility
to the tools though.

Anyway, I spoke to Phil Nelson about this about a year ago, and 
he agreed to release his bc under BSD license, so I wrote a dc
frontend to his number library.  Since then I haven't heard anything.

Anyway, if someone's interested, my dc frontend is available at if someone is
interested.  It is supposed to be linked together with Phil's number.c.

-- Ragge