ANNOUNCE: jmath-0.9.10-2 a command-line frontend for Mathematica

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg21424] ANNOUNCE: jmath-0.9.10-2 a command-line frontend for Mathematica*From*: Jim Radford <radford at robotics.caltech.edu>*Date*: Thu, 6 Jan 2000 01:46:39 -0500 (EST)*Organization*: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

JMath <http://robby.caltech.edu/~radford/jmath/> is a text based frontend for Mathematica <http://www.mathematica.com/> that is based on the GNU Readline library <ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/readline>. 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(emacs/vi) and history (via readline) o Symbol completion o Filename completion within strings and after << and >> 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 <ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu/pub/gnu>. Readline versions less than 2.2 wont complete filenames properly. I have tested JMath on Solaris/Linux/Irix with Mathematica-3.0/4.0 and readline-2.1/2.2/4.0. Changes in 0.9.10-2 since the previously announced version 0.9.6: o Ported to Mathematica 4.0 o Completion of symbols in other Contexts o Filename completion within strings and after << and >> o Filename completion ignores files with certain endings (e.g. ~) o Fixed initial terminal resize under Linux o Allow C-c of long output o Ensure the Run[] function gets the terminal for stdin/stdout/stderr o Allow long lines to be continued with a \ o Fixed up the RPM build procedure. - The tarball is now effectively a big SRPM. 'rpm -ta jmath.tar.gz' - The RPM builds cleanly on both libc5/glibc6 (possibly with the help of my gcc-libc5 and readline-libc5 packages)