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Math::BigInt::FastCalc - Math::BigInt::Calc with some XS for more speed


Provides support for big integer calculations. Not intended to be used by other modules. Other modules which sport the same functions can also be used to support Math::BigInt, like Math::BigInt::GMP or Math::BigInt::Pari.


In order to allow for multiple big integer libraries, Math::BigInt was rewritten to use library modules for core math routines. Any module which follows the same API as this can be used instead by using the following:

use Math::BigInt lib => 'libname';

'libname' is either the long name ('Math::BigInt::Pari'), or only the short version like 'Pari'. To use this library:

use Math::BigInt lib => 'FastCalc';

Note that from Math::BigInt v1.76 onwards, FastCalc will be loaded automatically, if possible.


FastCalc works exactly like Calc, in stores the numbers in decimal form, chopped into parts.


The following functions are now implemented in FastCalc.xs:

_is_odd         _is_even        _is_one         _is_zero
_is_two         _is_ten
_zero           _one            _two            _ten
_acmp           _len
_inc            _dec
__strip_zeros   _copy


This program is free software; you may redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.


Original math code by Mark Biggar, rewritten by Tels in late 2000. Separated from BigInt and shaped API with the help of John Peacock.

Fixed, sped-up and enhanced by Tels 2001-2003. Further streamlining (api_version 1 etc.) by Tels 2004-2007.

Bug-fixing by Peter John Acklam <> 2010-2011.


Math::BigInt, Math::BigFloat, Math::BigInt::GMP, Math::BigInt::FastCalc and Math::BigInt::Pari.