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## Increase precision by replacing `a/b*c`

with `a*c/b`

.

### Problematic code:

`percent=$((count/total*100))`

### Correct code:

`percent=$((count*100/total))`

### Rationale:

If integer division is performed before multiplication, the intermediate result will be truncated causing a loss of precision.

In this case, if `count=1`

and `total=2`

, then the problematic code results in `percent=0`

, while the correct code gives `percent=50`

.

### Exceptions:

If you want and expect truncation you can ignore this message.

ShellCheck doesn't warn when `b`

and `c`

are identical expressions, e.g. `a/10*10`

, under the assumption that the intent is to rounded to the nearest 10 rather than the no-op of multiply by `1`

.

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