bc is an arbitrary precision numeric processing language. Syntax is similar to C, but differs in many substantial areas. It supports interactive execution of statements. bc is a utility included in the POSIX P1003.2/D11 draft standard.
Since the POSIX document does not specify how bc must be implemented, this version does not use the historical method of having bc be a compiler for the dc calculator. This version has a single executable that both compiles the language and runs the resulting `byte code'. The byte code is not the dc language.
Online Manual is available at www.gnu.org/software/bc/manual/, as well as one for dc. info bc or man bc, or by looking at /usr/doc/bc/, /usr/local/doc/bc/, or similar directories on your system. A brief summary is available by running bc --help.
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