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Syntax error using (*comments*)

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  • Subject: [mg23930] Syntax error using (*comments*)
  • From: Grischa Stegemann <Stegemann at Physik.TU-Berlin.DE>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 00:57:10 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Technische Universität Berlin
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

(It seems that my first posting didn't made it through to other
news-servers, thus I have to try it again. Sorry if this will lead to
an annoying double-posting.)

Hi all

I just encountered a silly problem with the Mathematica 3.0 frontend
on a Linux system.

Typing a simple cell including a comment like
  In[1]:= 4+3 (*guess what*)
and evaluating it results in the following output:
  Out[1]= 4+3 Null

Furthermore, adding a comma to the comment, e.g.
  In[2]:= 4+3 (*9, more or less*)
brings up this:
  Out[2]= Syntax::"sntxf": "(*" cannot be followed by "9, more or

To me this seems to be pretty inexplicable, isn't it?

Usually I'm using Mathematica 3.0 on a Solaris system without any
problems. Now using my notebooks full of comments on this Linux system
seems to be impractical.

Any ideas about that?

Grischa Stegemann                       Technische Universitaet Berlin
email: Stegemann at           

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