Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000 17:55:10 -0700
Reply-To: Jack Hamilton <JackHamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
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From: Jack Hamilton <JackHamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
Subject: Re: Division by missing (Zero).
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>This is far and away the preferable way to deal with these sorts of
>issues. The post recently about batch-submitting a series of SAS jobs
>on Unix would run into issues if Schreier's advice were followed -- the
>divide-by-zere (or missing) operations would result in nonzero exit
>status, even if this was expected program operation.
Under OpenVMS, and presumably other reliable operating systems,
division by 0 results in a note, not a warning or error, and the job
ends with a normal return code.
On at least some platforms, division by zero can result in a big
performance hit, so it is better to test the divisor before performing
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