Ilya Zakharevich on Wed, 1 Mar 2000 13:11:52 -0500

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Re: [PATCH 2.0.18] \x upgraded

On Wed, Mar 01, 2000 at 05:55:53PM +0100, Karim BELABAS wrote:
> > But the main difference is that all the special flags are put near the
> > memory words which contain the pertinent info, and that *all* the info
> > contained in the special words is put out (as far as I understand).
> I'm not sure I like this: too much output, a lot of it being "trivial",
> [at least if you need to use the function in the first place...]
> I only use \x (or rather the underlying library function) as a debugging help
> for pretty tough bugs, like gerepile problems affecting huge objects.

I do not think that optimizing things for you is a viable target.  ;-)

Right now there is a very high threshold on modifying PARI, given that
the vaste majority of PARI is written in C-like assembler.

Any step going in the direction of simplifying word-by-word
manipulations is a positive thing.