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From: Hubert Holin (Hubert.Holin_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-03-09 05:48:36

Somewhere in the E.U., le 09/03/2005


In article <d0kavn$klk$1_at_[hidden]>,
 "Richard Peters" <r.a.peters_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> "Hubert Holin" <Hubert.Holin_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> > > Well... I try to aim at core operations only. At the moment, I support
> > > jacobi symbol and primality testing, but I will almost certainly remove
> > > them.
> >
> > Huh? Why?
> >
> > Hubert Holin
> Because I think they do not belong in a big_integer library. They belong in
> a number theory library. If functions like jacobi symbol make it into a
> big_integer library, then so should the legendre symbol, lucas function,
> rabin-miller, lucas probable prime, etc, etc.
> best regards,
> Richard Peters

      I guess I should have added a smiley... Still, I find it a waste
to take away something which both already works and is eminently useful.
Full-blown libraries are marvelous, of course, but even small bits of
functionality are welcome. May I suggest that you either present two
libraries (lots of work), or that you just present the Big Int library,
with an additional "illustrative" package of functionality which may
form the nucleus of an ulterior library (to be reviewed separately


         Hubert Holin

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