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Converting result to ASCII-art

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  • Subject: [mg56925] Converting result to ASCII-art
  • From: "DJ Craig" <spit at>
  • Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 03:42:39 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

When running MathKernel from command line in OS X, it shows expressions
kind of like ASCII-art.  I have a very long equation that I need to
convert to ASCII, but when doing this the way I normally do, using
Terminal and copying and pasting, it comes out looking like a mess,
because it does too much line wrapping.  What I am trying to display is
the result of:
Solve[a x^4+b x^3+c x+d==0,x]
I've tried displaying this in command line with and without MatrixForm.
 Is there some other form that I should try?
What I really need is some way that I can send this result to someone
(who doesn't have Mathematica, MathReader, or any type of MathML
reader), so that they can copy and paste out of it.  A PDF would be
fine, but when I use Print to create a PDF, the PDF that it creates
can't be read by either Preview or Acrobat.

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