[metapost] value too large?

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Fri Feb 15 13:13:31 CET 2008

Martin Kaffanke wrote:
> Hi there!
> When I do v := 10**i  (where i comes from for i=0 upto 7) I get a value
> too large message.
> When I do this allredy in the label() so I don't need the v, i get an
> arithmetic overflow.
> how can I deal with that?

Not wanting to post a long story, a useful pointer:


Especially, check out section 3: "Manipulating Big Numbers"

I don't exactly know what you are trying to achieve, but if you
are attempting to create plots, you are probably better off with a
tool written specifically for that task (GNUplot comes to mind).

Best wishes,

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