Gerhard Niklasch on Thu, 20 Nov 1997 11:52:59 +0100

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From the 2.0.alpha Tutorial (1)

Just running the Tutorial through its paces with 2.0.alpha.  Or vice versa.

[1]--- Section 1, `Warning 6)':
The syntax for changing the real output format is
	default(format, "e0.50")
(it doesn't work without the quotes).

[2]--- Section 3, Hilbert matrix example, page 6: instead of
	dr = det(hr)
	dr = matdet(hr)

[3]--- Still Section 3, quadratic numbers, page 8:  after
	(11:14) gp > w=quadgen(-163)
	%85 = w
	(11:16) gp > wr=sqrt(w^2)
	%95 = 0.4969786043308247562463005275 + 6.422381780396009318758412013*I
the suggested algdep(wr,2) is fooled thoroughly by the default precision:
	(11:16) gp > algdep(wr,2)
	%96 = 543976648475*x^2 - 591333214939*x + 24685937884731

However, algdep(wr,2,2) works.  (Setting the optional 3rd arg to 3,4,5, or 6,
however, already gives the wrong polynomial 2*x^2-2*x+83.)

	(11:19) gp > algdep(1.*w,2,5)
	%100 = 4*x^2 + 163
	(11:19) gp > algdep(1.*w,2)
	  ***   forbidden addition Scalar + vector/matrix.
Say what?  Waitaminute... where was that line above...
	(11:15) gp > 1.*w
	%87 = 0.0000000000000000000000000000 + 6.383572667401852330855476004*I
Ooops.  Off by one half...
	(11:40) gp > w^2
	%117 = -41 + w
	(11:40) gp > 1.0*w^2
	%118 = -41.00000000000000000000000000 + 6.383572667401852330855476004*I
(This is with the polfactorization patch already applied.  1.39.13 has
no probs with all this.)

[4]--- Something else I noticed whilst playing:

	resets the real output format (partially: it was "e0.50"
before I switched from compatible=1 to 0, afterwards it was "e0.28"),
which I think it shouldn't do, and

	resets several defaults and doesn't reinitialize them from
~/.gprc (or GPRC).  In particular, all colors get set to -1, the
prompt is set to "? ", and all aliases are lost.  The latter is
arguably correct insofar as we don't remember any additional aliases
generated during the preceding part of the session, but it's a shame
that the aliases read at startup are also gone.  Perhaps \k now needs
an optional numeric argument so that users can decide how much of their
default customizations it should restore?  (0 -- effectively reread
~/.gprc which, if there is an aliases file, would read that back in,
and I think this should be the default.  1 -- erase everything to
`factory settings'...)

Enjoy, Gerhard

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