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Re: [Axiom-developer] some questions

From: Mike Dewar
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] some questions
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2004 10:34:38 +0100
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On Wed, Aug 04, 2004 at 07:22:23PM -0700, Bob McElrath wrote:
> 1) How can I get axiom to generate output that is the same as its input?
You can't in general.  However you can convert any result to InputForm
which is a parsed prefix form.
> 2) How can I get axiom to save the result of a computation to a file?
)spool <filename>
gives you an exact copy of what appears in the interpreter.

If you want to store Axiom objects then use the File and KeyedAccessFile
domains.  These will store the objects in their internal format.  There
are also general TextFile and BinaryFile domains.
> 3) The help system seems to be hosed on my debian system:
>     (34) -> )help help
>     If the system command or synonym help exists, help information is 
>     not available for it. Issue )what commands or )what synonyms to 
>     determine is help is a valid name.
Looks like it.

On the NAG system, all the help files are in share/doc/spadhelp .
There is no spadhelp directory in the Open Axiom version as far as I can

> 4) How can I suppress all output?
)set output algebra off
will turn the normal 2-D display off.  You may also want to do
)set message type off

Cheers, Mike.

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