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Re: HelpBrowser Mathematica Book 1.8.3 on Linux

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  • Subject: [mg37397] Re: [mg37382] HelpBrowser Mathematica Book 1.8.3 on Linux
  • From: "Steven T. Hatton" <hattons at>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2002 02:03:59 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Global Symmetry
  • References: <000001c27c40$08db0dc0$0300a8c0@HolyCow>
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On Friday 25 October 2002 12:03 pm, DrBob wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steven T. Hatton [mailto:hattons at]
To: mathgroup at
> Sent: Friday, October 25, 2002 1:49 AM
> To: mathgroup at
> Subject: [mg37397] [mg37382] HelpBrowser Mathematica Book 1.8.3 on Linux
> > What I see is kind of like this, but with bigger parentheses:
> > (
> > 		a		b
> > 		c		d
> > )
> I see the same thing you do; very strange.
Perhaps a fix is in route as I type.  I'll elaborate when I have more details.

> I'm using version 4.2 and Windows XP Home. 

I hope that's not *my* fault.  I solved my font problems.  Which, BTW, cannot 
be blamed, in any way, on WRI.  It seems it was a problem arising from my 8.0 
-> 8.1 upgrade of SuSE.  It may have resulted from an aborted upgrade which 
was caused by having Chi-Rho on the MBR of /dev/hda and LILO rather than GRUB 
as the boot manager.  It's beyond the scope of this list to go into details, 
but since I fixed my fonts 
[see: ]
I haven't heard a single chirp about fonts, and haven't seen a single problem 
with missing or ugly fonts.  Even problems which I would never have guessed 
were font related seem to have been corrected.

A word of advice. Don't do all these on the same day:
Build Mozilla from CVS (and use it to view MathML)
Upgrade your operating system
Build XEmacs from CVS
Install Mathematica 4.1 fonts
Upgrade Mathematica from 4.1 to 4.2
Install the CM fonts provided by AMS
Try to learn to use MathML (especially using TreeForm[] in Mathematica 4.2.0, 
it's a known bug.)
> (You should include that info when reporting this kind of problem.)

Well smack my hand with a ruler, Teach! :-)  You are absolutely correct.  It 
was an oversite on my part. Mathematica 4.2.0, P4, SuSE Linux 8.1.

> Bobby

Hatton's Law: 
"There is only One inviolable Law."

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