Its Pi day – Saturday, March 14 is Pi Day 2015

Why not do something cool in Linux like generate pi to a given number of decimal places. This can be done by using the tool bc (Bench Calculator) which is installed in most Linux distributions I have used.

The following command will calculate π to 10 decimal places

echo "scale=10; 4*a(1)" | bc -l

The results: 3.1415926532

So enjoy some pi

More and Resources Use –

scale=100 – this specifies the number of decimal places to use for the result

4*a(1) – this returns the arctangent of 1 [which equals 45°: 45 x (π/180), or ¼π] then multiplies by 4 to get π.

bc -l – pipe the complete function string into the bc utility, -l specifies to load the standard math library that’s needed for the arctangent function, a().

Info from: http://superuser.com/questions/275516/how-can-i-generate-pi-to-a-given-number-of-decimal-places-from-a-script

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