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ANNOUNCE: jmath-0.9.6 a command-line frontend for Mathematica

If you have tried the text frontend that comes with Mathematica then you
must know the pain I felt before there was JMath. There is no command
history, editing, symbol completion or recognition that the window size
has changed. These are features I have come to expect from a command
line program.

JMath <> is a text based frontend
for Mathematica <> that is based on the GNU
Readline library <>.  It is to Mathematica
what tcsh/bash are to csh/sh.  If you don't know what these are then
you probably don't want this program.  The following are some of it's
advantages over the default text based frontend 'math'.
 o Command line editing and history (via readline)
 o Symbol completion
 o Lets Mathematica know when terminal is resized
 o Moves cursor to position of syntax errors for easy correction

In order to build JMath you will need a copy of GNU Readline. If you
don't have it it can be found at <>.
I have tested JMath on Solaris/Linux/Irix with Mathematica-3.0 and
readline-2.1 and readline-2.2.
I also have Linux SRPMs available.


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