Re: Why are mpfr, mpc and gmp needed for gcc?
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Jonathan Wakely wrote:
It needs three of them because they do different things. GCC requires MPFR in order to do floating point calculations are compile-time, so that e.g. pow(0.5, 4) can be replaced with a constant value instead of calling a function at run-time. GCC uses MFPR to get accurate, platform-independent results that don't depend on the host math library, which might be inaccurate or buggy. MPC is used to do similar optimisations for complex numbers. MPFR requires GMP.
Just curious...Is there a big difference when using these libraries from system available math library ? Is this difference more noticeable in some platforms than in other ones ?
I guess (and I hope) that not all math libraries are inaccurate or buggy, as if this is the case and if the compiled program does math calculations using these inaccurate libraries... no need to optimize a code which will give inaccurate results.