Dumping long double

Eric S. Raymond esr at thyrsus.com
Sat Nov 4 23:22:53 UTC 2017

Hal Murray <hmurray at megapathdsl.net>:
> devel at ntpsec.org said:
> > I thought that was still under some discussion when we shipped.  Remind me
> > what the patch was?
> I got the impression that you pretty much vetoed it and/or weren't interested 
> in more discussion.  I could easily have misread whatever you said.
> I think we should dump long double.
> ----------
> ldexpl doesn't work in older NetBSD.
> < #ifndef ldexpl
> <   /* Missing in NetBSD 6.1.5 */
> <   #define ldexpl ldexp
> < #endif

Oh, now I remember.  No it wasn't dismissing NetBSD 6 that made ne not want
to go there, I don't think.  Dropping long double opened a can of worms
about overflow/precision problems and how to redo the pivot logic that
I didn't want to broach while were trying to avoid destabilizing changes.

Now would be a reasonable time to repen discussion of that cluster of
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