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Re: NeXT Mma 2.0 as Front-End to Mma 2.2?

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  • Subject: [mg1188] Re: NeXT Mma 2.0 as Front-End to Mma 2.2?
  • From: ianc (Ian Collier)
  • Date: Mon, 22 May 1995 01:42:45 -0400
  • Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.

In article <3pjkl9$7h0 at>, Jonathan.Rice at
(Jonathan Rice) wrote:

> I'm trying to use Mathematica 2.0, running on an old NeXT workstation, as  
> the front-end to a Mathematica 2.2 remote kernel on a Sparc. It sort of  
> works, but I'm having two problems:
>   * There's some sort of flow-control problem whereby the notebook won't
>     display results until I click the mouse in it.
>   * Graphics don't work at all. The frame is popped up, but it's always
>     blank.
> First of all, am I setting up the connection right? I do it by putting an  
> entry in my .rhosts file on the Sparc to allow me to rsh in, and then in  
> Mma on the NeXT, setting the "Shell Command" in "Edit Connections" to "rsh  
> machinename mathremote". Is this the right way to do it?
> I am guessing that the real problem here is that I'm using old 2.0, and  
> that there is no magic to make the two versions talk together properly.  
> But I'd love to be wrong!
> -- Jonathan Rice

I am not altogether sure what is causing the first problem.

However, I can tell you that there is no way to get a version
2.0 Notebook front End to render graphics generated by later
versions of the kernel. There were substantial changes to
the dialect of PostScript used by Mathematica, mostly to do
with making the special commands used by Mathematica much
shorter, and the earlier front end does not understand the 
newer version.

The best solution would probably be to get a current version 
of the Notebook Front End for your NeXT.

If you need further help I suggest that you contact Wolfram 
Research Technical Support directly at support at

I hope this helps.


Ian Collier
Technical Sales Support
Wolfram Research, Inc.
tel:(217)-398-0700     fax:(217)-398-0747      ianc at
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