8.13. Bc-6.0.1

The Bc package contains an arbitrary precision numeric processing language.

Approximate build time: less than 0.1 SBU
Required disk space: 7.4 MB

8.13.1. Installation of Bc

Prepare Bc for compilation:

CC=gcc ./configure --prefix=/usr -G -O3 -r

The meaning of the configure options:


This parameter specifies the compiler to use.


Omit parts of the test suite that won't work without a GNU bc present.


Specify the optimization to use.


Enable the use of Readline to improve the line editing feature of bc.

Compile the package:


To test bc, run:

make test

Install the package:

make install

8.13.2. Contents of Bc

Installed programs: bc and dc

Short Descriptions


A command line calculator


A reverse-polish command line calculator