| Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2005 17:29:29 +0100
| From: "Kieran.Tully AT acm.org" <kieran.tully at gmail.com>
| On 04/06/05, Brian Foster <blf at blf.utvinternet.ie> wrote:
| > apologies if this is fixed in v0.4, but in in v0.3,
| > besides the error which caused Simon's problem,
| > there is the curious belief that expr(1) does FP
| > (floating point) math, or at least FP comparisons.
| No there isn't.
| sed is used to manipulate gcc_version so that
| FP ordering is respected by the lexicographic
YES there is. in v0.3, there is a comment before
the sed(1) saying:
#manipulate version so can do floating point comparisons
ergo, there is what I said: a “curious belief”.
the comment proves that at one time, someone did
think something — presumably expr(1) — did FP.
does this matter? Yes! a casual reader of the
script could easily be mislead. comments matter.
please note I _never_ said anything was functionally
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