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PowerMac kernel eccentricity

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  • Subject: [mg1809] PowerMac kernel eccentricity
  • From: wmm at (Martin McClain)
  • Date: Thu, 17 Aug 1995 00:02:19 -0400

Dear mathgroupers-
I recently received some excellent help from K. J. Paradise at mathsource
concerning a weird feature of the PowerMac kernel.  It is strange enough
that I thought I should pass it along.

The Problem
I had a package that was fully debugged on the PowerMac, but when I ran it
on a Sun kernel, the usage messages looked all jammed together.  It seemed
that the Sun kernel was ignoring the "return" symbols \r that I used to
control carriage returns.

Advice from Paradise
"...this issue has come up a couple of times in different places. The
PowerMacintosh native version of Mathematica handles \r and \n differently
from other versions of Mathematica... ."  Where the PowerMac uses \r
(return), all other kernels use \n (newline).

The Fix
In the package script, just above BeginPackage, I wrote

PowerMacQ =
$Version=="Power Macintosh 2.2 (February 24, 1994)";

toPowerMacStyle[s_String]:=StringReplace[s, "\n"->"\r"];


********package here*********


This seems basically to solve the problem, and it is invisible to the user.
But if WRI  continues to make print variants in the kernels on different
machines,  this stuff could get out of hand.

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