Ilya Zakharevich on Sat, 14 Dec 2002 16:36:22 -0800

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Re: Vec vs Vecsmall

On Sat, Dec 14, 2002 at 02:55:40PM -0500, Michael Somos wrote:
> pari-dev,
>      Ilya wrote :
> > I object to Vec and Vecsmall having different semantic.
> Since it was apparently my suggestion that triggered this,
> I would like to know what the alternate desired semantic
> would be in some detail. In other words, how exactly would
> the alternate differ from what is currently the case?

IMO, Vecsmall() should be an *optimization* only.  The code which uses
Vecsmall() should not notice if Vecsmall() is aliased to Vec().

Hope this helps,