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Re: Mathematica Patches or Incremental Updates

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  • From: Richard Fateman <fateman at>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2013 06:23:49 -0500 (EST)
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On 12/14/2013 12:55 AM, Szabolcs Horvát wrote:
> On 2013-12-8, 4:42 , amzoti wrote:
>> Does Mathematica publish incremental bug fix patches or incremental
>> updates?
>> When I leave Mathematica running over days, it tends to become more
>> unstable and eventually freezes up and shutting it down is the only
>> way to get it back (I cannot tell you how annoying that is,
>> especially in the middle of a calculation).
>> Are there patches somewhere?
I think the answer is: NO.

>> Are there periodic updates?
I think the answer is: only version releases.

>> If so, how/where do you get them?
>> Note: I purchased V9 in Jan  '13.
> The latest version is 9.0.1.  You can evaluate
> In[1]:= {$VersionNumber, $ReleaseNumber} Out[1]= {9., 1}
> to find out which version you have.
> That said, the reason why it becomes slow may be the code you are
> running yourself.  Perhaps memory doesn't get freed.  Take a look
> here: and look up
> $HistoryLength in the documentation (by default all output is saved
> and takes up memory).

It can get slow because of its bugs or yours.

> If you don't *need* to leave it running for days, then it's better
> to just not to (it wasn't really designed for that).

   Maybe SH hypothesizes that Mathematica is not debugged sufficiently to
permit it to run continuously even if the user's computation specifies
only finite memory usage.

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