Pluto and GMP
D. Hugh Redelmeier
Mon, 25 Oct 1999 10:46:28 -0400 (EDT)
[Oops: I forwarded my first message to the list, assuming that it
never got there. I now see that Werner beat me to the punch.]
| From: Werner Koch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
| Subject: Re: Hello?
| > I'm trying to make dsa.c/elgamal.c work with GMP because that is what
| > we use for big integers. We use it because we use libdes (Eric
| > Young's old code) and libdes uses GMP. What a tangle.
| libdes needs big integers - it is not the one from OpenSSL I guess.
Oops, sorry, I got that wrong. We use GMP because that is what we
started with. libdes does not use it.
GMP does have the advantage that it is already a library.
We can switch to soomething else, but I'd rather not keep switching!
Some people are currently using patches to Pluto to use OpenSSL. So
there is a pull towards its bignum package, or at least not
conflicting with it. Do you know whether gcrypt will be happy to
co-exist in the same program as (parts of) OpenSSL?
If your big number package is better than GMP, is there a chance you
can make it a stand-alone library, separate from gcrypt? Could it
then supplant GMP in general? Or is your library not better for all
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