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P5math cpan:ELIZABETH last updated on 2018-05-31


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P5math - Port of Perl 5's math built-ins to Perl 6


use P5math; # exports abs cos crypt exp int log rand sin sqrt


This module tries to mimic the behaviour of the abs, cos, crypt, exp, int, log, rand, sin and sqrt functions of Perl 5 as closely as possible.


As of this writing (2018.05), it is not possible to actually use int in your code because of code generation issue caused by the fact that int is a built-in native type in Perl 6.

Other functions may not be callable without actually specifying (no) parameters.


abs     Returns the absolute value of its argument. If VALUE is omitted,
        uses $_.

cos EXPR
cos     Returns the cosine of EXPR (expressed in radians). If EXPR is
        omitted, takes the cosine of $_.

        For the inverse cosine operation, you may use the
        "Math::Trig::acos()" function, or use this relation:

            sub acos { atan2( sqrt(1 - $_[0] * $_[0]), $_[0] ) }

        Creates a digest string exactly like the crypt(3) function in the
        C library (assuming that you actually have a version there that
        has not been extirpated as a potential munition).

        crypt() is a one-way hash function. The PLAINTEXT and SALT are
        turned into a short string, called a digest, which is returned.
        The same PLAINTEXT and SALT will always return the same string,
        but there is no (known) way to get the original PLAINTEXT from the
        hash. Small changes in the PLAINTEXT or SALT will result in large
        changes in the digest.

        There is no decrypt function. This function isn't all that useful
        for cryptography (for that, look for Crypt modules on your nearby
        CPAN mirror) and the name "crypt" is a bit of a misnomer. Instead
        it is primarily used to check if two pieces of text are the same
        without having to transmit or store the text itself. An example is
        checking if a correct password is given. The digest of the
        password is stored, not the password itself. The user types in a
        password that is crypt()'d with the same salt as the stored
        digest. If the two digests match, the password is correct.

        When verifying an existing digest string you should use the digest
        as the salt (like "crypt($plain, $digest) eq $digest"). The SALT
        used to create the digest is visible as part of the digest. This
        ensures crypt() will hash the new string with the same salt as the
        digest. This allows your code to work with the standard crypt and
        with more exotic implementations. In other words, assume nothing
        about the returned string itself nor about how many bytes of SALT
        may matter.

        Traditionally the result is a string of 13 bytes: two first bytes
        of the salt, followed by 11 bytes from the set "[./0-9A-Za-z]",
        and only the first eight bytes of PLAINTEXT mattered. But
        alternative hashing schemes (like MD5), higher level security
        schemes (like C2), and implementations on non-Unix platforms may
        produce different strings.

        When choosing a new salt create a random two character string
        whose characters come from the set "[./0-9A-Za-z]" (like "join '',
        ('.', '/', 0..9, 'A'..'Z', 'a'..'z')[rand 64, rand 64]"). This set
        of characters is just a recommendation; the characters allowed in
        the salt depend solely on your system's crypt library, and Perl
        can't restrict what salts "crypt()" accepts.

        Here's an example that makes sure that whoever runs this program
        knows their password:

            $pwd = (getpwuid($<))[1];

            system "stty -echo";
            print "Password: ";
            chomp($word = <STDIN>);
            print "\n";
            system "stty echo";

            if (crypt($word, $pwd) ne $pwd) {
                die "Sorry...\n";
            } else {
                print "ok\n";

        Of course, typing in your own password to whoever asks you for it
        is unwise.

        The crypt function is unsuitable for hashing large quantities of
        data, not least of all because you can't get the information back.
        Look at the Digest module for more robust algorithms.

        If using crypt() on a Unicode string (which potentially has
        characters with codepoints above 255), Perl tries to make sense of
        the situation by trying to downgrade (a copy of) the string back
        to an eight-bit byte string before calling crypt() (on that copy).
        If that works, good. If not, crypt() dies with "Wide character in

        Portability issues: "crypt" in perlport.

exp EXPR
exp     Returns me (the natural logarithm base) to the power of EXPR. If
        EXPR is omitted, gives "exp($_)".

int EXPR
int     Returns the integer portion of EXPR. If EXPR is omitted, uses $_.
        You should not use this function for rounding: one because it
        truncates towards 0, and two because machine representations of
        floating-point numbers can sometimes produce counterintuitive
        results. For example, "int(-6.725/0.025)" produces -268 rather
        than the correct -269; that's because it's really more like
        -268.99999999999994315658 instead. Usually, the "sprintf",
        "printf", or the "POSIX::floor" and "POSIX::ceil" functions will
        serve you better than will int().

log EXPR
log     Returns the natural logarithm (base e) of EXPR. If EXPR is
        omitted, returns the log of $_. To get the log of another base,
        use basic algebra: The base-N log of a number is equal to the
        natural log of that number divided by the natural log of N. For

            sub log10 {
                my $n = shift;
                return log($n)/log(10);

        See also "exp" for the inverse operation.

rand EXPR
rand    Returns a random fractional number greater than or equal to 0 and
        less than the value of EXPR. (EXPR should be positive.) If EXPR is
        omitted, the value 1 is used. Currently EXPR with the value 0 is
        also special-cased as 1 (this was undocumented before Perl 5.8.0
        and is subject to change in future versions of Perl).
        Automatically calls "srand" unless "srand" has already been
        called. See also "srand".

        Apply "int()" to the value returned by "rand()" if you want random
        integers instead of random fractional numbers. For example,


        returns a random integer between 0 and 9, inclusive.

        (Note: If your rand function consistently returns numbers that are
        too large or too small, then your version of Perl was probably
        compiled with the wrong number of RANDBITS.)

        "rand()" is not cryptographically secure. You should not rely on
        it in security-sensitive situations. As of this writing, a number
        of third-party CPAN modules offer random number generators
        intended by their authors to be cryptographically secure,
        including: Data::Entropy, Crypt::Random, Math::Random::Secure, and

sin EXPR
sin     Returns the sine of EXPR (expressed in radians). If EXPR is
        omitted, returns sine of $_.

        For the inverse sine operation, you may use the "Math::Trig::asin"
        function, or use this relation:

            sub asin { atan2($_[0], sqrt(1 - $_[0] * $_[0])) }

sqrt EXPR
sqrt    Return the positive square root of EXPR. If EXPR is omitted, uses
        $_. Works only for non-negative operands unless you've loaded the
        "Math::Complex" module.

            use Math::Complex;
            print sqrt(-4);    # prints 2i


Elizabeth Mattijsen

Source can be located at: . Comments and Pull Requests are welcome.


Copyright 2018 Elizabeth Mattijsen

Re-imagined from Perl 5 as part of the CPAN Butterfly Plan.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the Artistic License 2.0.