**factor**Decompose an integer into prime factors.

`bash$`**factor 27417**`27417: 3 13 19 37`**bc**Bash can't handle floating point calculations, and it lacks operators for certain important mathematical functions. Fortunately,

**bc**comes to the rescue.Not just a versatile, arbitrary precision calculation utility,

**bc**offers many of the facilities of a programming language.**bc**has a syntax vaguely resembling C.Since it is a fairly well-behaved Unix utility, and may therefore be used in a pipe,

**bc**comes in handy in scripts.Here is a simple template for using

**bc**to calculate a script variable. This uses command substitution.**variable=$(echo "OPTIONS; OPERATIONS" | bc)****Example 12-36. Monthly Payment on a Mortgage**#!/bin/bash # monthlypmt.sh: Calculates monthly payment on a mortgage. # This is a modification of code in the "mcalc" (mortgage calculator) package, #+ by Jeff Schmidt and Mendel Cooper (yours truly, the author of this document). # http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/apps/financial/mcalc-1.6.tar.gz [15k] echo echo "Given the principal, interest rate, and term of a mortgage," echo "calculate the monthly payment." bottom=1.0 echo echo -n "Enter principal (no commas) " read principal echo -n "Enter interest rate (percent) " # If 12%, enter "12", not ".12". read interest_r echo -n "Enter term (months) " read term interest_r=$(echo "scale=9; $interest_r/100.0" | bc) # Convert to decimal. # "scale" determines how many decimal places. interest_rate=$(echo "scale=9; $interest_r/12 + 1.0" | bc) top=$(echo "scale=9; $principal*$interest_rate^$term" | bc) echo; echo "Please be patient. This may take a while." let "months = $term - 1" # ==================================================================== for ((x=$months; x > 0; x--)) do bot=$(echo "scale=9; $interest_rate^$x" | bc) bottom=$(echo "scale=9; $bottom+$bot" | bc) # bottom = $(($bottom + $bot")) done # -------------------------------------------------------------------- # Rick Boivie pointed out a more efficient implementation #+ of the above loop, which decreases computation time by 2/3. # for ((x=1; x <= $months; x++)) # do # bottom=$(echo "scale=9; $bottom * $interest_rate + 1" | bc) # done # And then he came up with an even more efficient alternative, #+ one that cuts down the run time by about 95%! # bottom=`{ # echo "scale=9; bottom=$bottom; interest_rate=$interest_rate" # for ((x=1; x <= $months; x++)) # do # echo 'bottom = bottom * interest_rate + 1' # done # echo 'bottom' # } | bc` # Embeds a 'for loop' within command substitution. # ==================================================================== # let "payment = $top/$bottom" payment=$(echo "scale=2; $top/$bottom" | bc) # Use two decimal places for dollars and cents. echo echo "monthly payment = \$$payment" # Echo a dollar sign in front of amount. echo exit 0 # Exercises: # 1) Filter input to permit commas in principal amount. # 2) Filter input to permit interest to be entered as percent or decimal. # 3) If you are really ambitious, # expand this script to print complete amortization tables.

**Example 12-37. Base Conversion**: ########################################################################## # Shellscript: base.sh - print number to different bases (Bourne Shell) # Author : Heiner Steven (heiner.steven@odn.de) # Date : 07-03-95 # Category : Desktop # $Id: base.sh,v 1.2 2000/02/06 19:55:35 heiner Exp $ ########################################################################## # Description # # Changes # 21-03-95 stv fixed error occuring with 0xb as input (0.2) ########################################################################## # ==> Used in this document with the script author's permission. # ==> Comments added by document author. NOARGS=65 PN=`basename "$0"` # Program name VER=`echo '$Revision: 1.2 $' | cut -d' ' -f2` # ==> VER=1.2 Usage () { echo "$PN - print number to different bases, $VER (stv '95) usage: $PN [number ...] If no number is given, the numbers are read from standard input. A number may be binary (base 2) starting with 0b (i.e. 0b1100) octal (base 8) starting with 0 (i.e. 014) hexadecimal (base 16) starting with 0x (i.e. 0xc) decimal otherwise (i.e. 12)" >&2 exit $NOARGS } # ==> Function to print usage message. Msg () { for i # ==> in [list] missing. do echo "$PN: $i" >&2 done } Fatal () { Msg "$@"; exit 66; } PrintBases () { # Determine base of the number for i # ==> in [list] missing... do # ==> so operates on command line arg(s). case "$i" in 0b*) ibase=2;; # binary 0x*|[a-f]*|[A-F]*) ibase=16;; # hexadecimal 0*) ibase=8;; # octal [1-9]*) ibase=10;; # decimal *) Msg "illegal number $i - ignored" continue;; esac # Remove prefix, convert hex digits to uppercase (bc needs this) number=`echo "$i" | sed -e 's:^0[bBxX]::' | tr '[a-f]' '[A-F]'` # ==> Uses ":" as sed separator, rather than "/". # Convert number to decimal dec=`echo "ibase=$ibase; $number" | bc` # ==> 'bc' is calculator utility. case "$dec" in [0-9]*) ;; # number ok *) continue;; # error: ignore esac # Print all conversions in one line. # ==> 'here document' feeds command list to 'bc'. echo `bc <<! obase=16; "hex="; $dec obase=10; "dec="; $dec obase=8; "oct="; $dec obase=2; "bin="; $dec ! ` | sed -e 's: : :g' done } while [ $# -gt 0 ] # ==> Is a "while loop" really necessary here, # ==>+ since all the cases either break out of the loop # ==>+ or terminate the script. # ==> (Thanks, Paulo Marcel Coelho Aragao.) do case "$1" in --) shift; break;; -h) Usage;; # ==> Help message. -*) Usage;; *) break;; # first number esac # ==> More error checking for illegal input might be useful. shift done if [ $# -gt 0 ] then PrintBases "$@" else # read from stdin while read line do PrintBases $line done fi exit 0

An alternate method of invoking

**bc**involves using a here document embedded within a command substitution block. This is especially appropriate when a script needs to pass a list of options and commands to**bc**.variable=`bc << LIMIT_STRING options statements operations LIMIT_STRING ` ...or... variable=$(bc << LIMIT_STRING options statements operations LIMIT_STRING )

**Example 12-38. Invoking****bc**using a "here document"#!/bin/bash # Invoking 'bc' using command substitution # in combination with a 'here document'. var1=`bc << EOF 18.33 * 19.78 EOF ` echo $var1 # 362.56 # $( ... ) notation also works. v1=23.53 v2=17.881 v3=83.501 v4=171.63 var2=$(bc << EOF scale = 4 a = ( $v1 + $v2 ) b = ( $v3 * $v4 ) a * b + 15.35 EOF ) echo $var2 # 593487.8452 var3=$(bc -l << EOF scale = 9 s ( 1.7 ) EOF ) # Returns the sine of 1.7 radians. # The "-l" option calls the 'bc' math library. echo $var3 # .991664810 # Now, try it in a function... hyp= # Declare global variable. hypotenuse () # Calculate hypotenuse of a right triangle. { hyp=$(bc -l << EOF scale = 9 sqrt ( $1 * $1 + $2 * $2 ) EOF ) # Unfortunately, can't return floating point values from a Bash function. } hypotenuse 3.68 7.31 echo "hypotenuse = $hyp" # 8.184039344 exit 0

**Example 12-39. Calculating PI**#!/bin/bash # cannon.sh: Approximating PI by firing cannonballs. # This is a very simple instance of a "Monte Carlo" simulation, #+ a mathematical model of a real-life event, #+ using pseudorandom numbers to emulate random chance. # Consider a perfectly square plot of land, 10000 units on a side. # This land has a perfectly circular lake in its center, #+ with a diameter of 10000 units. # The plot is actually all water, except for the four corners. # (Think of it as a square with an inscribed circle.) # # Let us fire iron cannonballs from an old-style cannon #+ at the square of land. # All the shots impact somewhere on the plot of land, #+ either in the lake or on the dry corners. # Since the lake takes up most of the land area, #+ most of the shots will SPLASH! into the water. # Just a few shots will THUD! into solid ground #+ in the four corners of the land. # # If we take enough random, unaimed shots at the plot of land, #+ Then the ratio of SPLASHES to total shots will approximate #+ the value of PI/4. # # The reason for this is that the cannon is actually shooting #+ only at the upper right-hand quadrant of the square, #+ i.e., Quadrant I of the Cartesian coordinate plane. # (The previous explanation was a simplification.) # # Theoretically, the more shots taken, the better the fit. # However, a shell script, as opposed to a compiled language #+ with floating-point math built in, requires a few compromises. # This tends to lower the accuracy of the simulation, unfortunately. DIMENSION=10000 # Length of each side of the plot of land. # Also sets ceiling for random integers generated. MAXSHOTS=1000 # Fire this many shots. # 10000 or more would be better, but would take too long. PMULTIPLIER=4.0 # Scaling factor to approximate PI. get_random () { SEED=$(head -1 /dev/urandom | od -N 1 | awk '{ print $2 }') RANDOM=$SEED # From "seeding-random.sh" #+ example script. let "rnum = $RANDOM % $DIMENSION" # Range less than 10000. echo $rnum } distance= # Declare global variable. hypotenuse () # Calculate hypotenuse of a right triangle. { # From "alt-bc.sh" example. distance=$(bc -l << EOF scale = 0 sqrt ( $1 * $1 + $2 * $2 ) EOF ) # Setting "scale" to zero rounds down result to integer value, #+ a necessary compromise in this script. # This diminshes the accuracy of the simulation, unfortunately. } # main() { # Initialize variables. shots=0 splashes=0 thuds=0 Pi=0 while [ "$shots" -lt "$MAXSHOTS" ] # Main loop. do xCoord=$(get_random) # Get random X and Y coords. yCoord=$(get_random) hypotenuse $xCoord $yCoord # Hypotenuse of right-triangle = #+ distance. ((shots++)) printf "#%4d " $shots printf "Xc = %4d " $xCoord printf "Yc = %4d " $yCoord printf "Distance = %5d " $distance # Distance from #+ center of lake, # the "origin," #+ coordinate (0,0). if [ "$distance" -le "$DIMENSION" ] then echo -n "SPLASH! " ((splashes++)) else echo -n "THUD! " ((thuds++)) fi Pi=$(echo "scale=9; $PMULTIPLIER*$splashes/$shots" | bc) # Multiply ratio by 4.0. echo -n "PI ~ $Pi" echo done echo echo "After $shots shots, PI looks like approximately $Pi." # Tends to run a bit high . . . # Probably due to round-off error and imperfect randomness of $RANDOM. echo # } exit 0 # One might well wonder whether a shell script is appropriate for #+ an application as complex and computation-intensive as a simulation. # # There are at least two justifications. # 1) As a proof of concept: to show it can be done. # 2) To prototype and test the algorithms before rewriting #+ it in a compiled high-level language.

**dc**The

**dc**(**d**esk**c**alculator) utility is stack-oriented and uses RPN ("Reverse Polish Notation"). Like**bc**, it has much of the power of a programming language.Most persons avoid

**dc**, since it requires non-intuitive RPN input. Yet it has its uses.**Example 12-40. Converting a decimal number to hexadecimal**#!/bin/bash # hexconvert.sh: Convert a decimal number to hexadecimal. BASE=16 # Hexadecimal. if [ -z "$1" ] then echo "Usage: $0 number" exit $E_NOARGS # Need a command line argument. fi # Exercise: add argument validity checking. hexcvt () { if [ -z "$1" ] then echo 0 return # "Return" 0 if no arg passed to function. fi echo ""$1" "$BASE" o p" | dc # "o" sets radix (numerical base) of output. # "p" prints the top of stack. # See 'man dc' for other options. return } hexcvt "$1" exit 0

Studying the

*info*page for**dc**gives some insight into its intricacies. However, there seems to be a small, select group of*dc wizards*who delight in showing off their mastery of this powerful, but arcane utility.**Example 12-41. Factoring**#!/bin/bash # factr.sh: Factor a number MIN=2 # Will not work for number smaller than this. E_NOARGS=65 E_TOOSMALL=66 if [ -z $1 ] then echo "Usage: $0 number" exit $E_NOARGS fi if [ "$1" -lt "$MIN" ] then echo "Number to factor must be $MIN or greater." exit $E_TOOSMALL fi # Exercise: Add type checking (to reject non-integer arg). echo "Factors of $1:" # --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- echo "$1[p]s2[lip/dli%0=1dvsr]s12sid2%0=13sidvsr[dli%0=1lrli2+dsi!>.]ds.xd1<2" | dc # --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Above line of code written by Michel Charpentier <charpov@cs.unh.edu>. # Used with permission (thanks). exit 0

**awk**Yet another way of doing floating point math in a script is using awk's built-in math functions in a shell wrapper.

**Example 12-42. Calculating the hypotenuse of a triangle**#!/bin/bash # hypotenuse.sh: Returns the "hypotenuse" of a right triangle. # ( square root of sum of squares of the "legs") ARGS=2 # Script needs sides of triangle passed. E_BADARGS=65 # Wrong number of arguments. if [ $# -ne "$ARGS" ] # Test number of arguments to script. then echo "Usage: `basename $0` side_1 side_2" exit $E_BADARGS fi AWKSCRIPT=' { printf( "%3.7f\n", sqrt($1*$1 + $2*$2) ) } ' # command(s) / parameters passed to awk echo -n "Hypotenuse of $1 and $2 = " echo $1 $2 | awk "$AWKSCRIPT" exit 0