As of version 5.2,
arbitrary precision arithmetic in
is “on parole.” The primary
gawk maintainer is no
longer maintaining it. Fortunately, a volunteer from the development
team has agreed to take it over.
This feature is on parole because its inclusion was a mistake. It has led to endless bug reports, misuse of the feature and public abuse of the maintainer, for no real increased value.
If the situation with support changes, the feature will be removed
If you use this feature, you should consider finding a different toolset with which to accomplish your goals.97
Of course, you can
always continue to use a version of
gawk that still supports
arbitrary precision arithmetic. It simply will be unmaintained.