PRIMES(6)                     NetBSD Games Manual                    PRIMES(6)

NAME
     primes -- generate primes

SYNOPSIS
     primes [-dh] [start [stop]]

DESCRIPTION
     The primes utility prints primes in ascending order, one per line, start-
     ing at or above start and continuing until, but not including stop.  The
     start value must be at least 0 and not greater than stop.  The stop value
     must not be greater than 3825123056546413050.  The default value of stop
     is 3825123056546413050.

     When the primes utility is invoked with no arguments, start is read from
     standard input and stop is taken to be 3825123056546413050.  The start
     value may be preceded by a single `+'.  The start value is terminated by
     a non-digit character (such as a newline).  The input line must not be
     longer than 255 characters.

     When given the -d argument, primes prints the difference between the cur-
     rent and the previous prime.

     When given the -h argument, primes prints the prime numbers in hexadeci-
     mal.

DIAGNOSTICS
     Out of range or invalid input results in an appropriate error message to
     standard error.

AUTHORS
     Originally by Landon Curt Noll, extended to some 64-bit primes by Colin
     Percival.

CAVEATS
     This primes program won't get you a world record.

     The program is not able to list primes between 3825123056546413050 and
     18446744073709551615 (2^64 - 1) as it relies on strong pseudoprime tests
     after sieving, and it is yet unknown how many of those tests are needed
     to prove primality for integers larger than 3825123056546413050.

NetBSD 7.0                     February 3, 2008                     NetBSD 7.0

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