historical stuff in math(3)

Thomas David Rivers rivers at dignus.com
Wed Jan 21 03:42:45 PST 2004

> Isn't all the vax-D format related stuff math(3) getting pretty old ?

 It's very similar to the IBM mainframe format.  So, a port
 of FreeBSD to the IBM mainframe could still use it.  (The VAX
 format was just a copy of the IBM one with an extra precision bit 
 thrown in every now-and-then.)

 But - even the mainframe has an available/alternate IEEE format now,
 and the mainframe version of gcc uses that...  (although, our
 C/C++ compiler for mainframe Linux can optionally use the older

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