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Re: CVS commit: src/games/factor

On Wed, 19 May 2010, David Holland wrote:
> On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 06:19:59PM +0000, Dennis den Brok wrote:
>  > >> Maybe this can be agreed upon?
>  > > This is consequence (logically) of what I propose.
>  > Fine, so what do others think about this?
> I already proposed a resolution that nobody disagreed with, but Joerg
> decided to ignore it, and I'm tired of arguing.

I don't care which text book, university, or famous mathematician has
the smallest prime (2, 1, 0, or -infinity).  I think that we should try
to print results that are useful and unsurprising.

I think that it would be fine to print "1: 1\n" and "0: 0\n", and it
would be fine to report an error for inputs less then 2, and it would be
fine to print "-5: -1 5\n" (supported in each case by an explanation in
the man page), but it would be surprising to print "1:\n" and "0:\n".

--apb (Alan Barrett)

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