8.16. Bc-3.1.5

The Bc package contains an arbitrary precision numeric processing language.

Approximate build time: less than 0.1 SBU
Required disk space: 6.5 MB

8.16.1. Installation of Bc

Prepare Bc for compilation:

PREFIX=/usr CC=gcc CFLAGS="-std=c99" ./configure.sh -G -O3

The meaning of the configure options:

CC=gcc CFLAGS="-std=c99"

These parameters specify the compiler and the C standard to use.


Specify the optimization to use.


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

Compile the package:


To test bc, run:

make test

Install the package:

make install

8.16.2. Contents of Bc

Installed programs: bc and dc

Short Descriptions


A command line calculator


A reverse-polish command line calculator