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General

Textinput is concluded with lineend (linefeed or carriage return character) in Octave-mode, and semicolon together with lineend in Maxima-mode. One textinput may consist of several statements separated by commas or semicolons. In Octave-mode the concluding character determines, whether the command's output is displayed in the textconsole (not with semicolon). Comments are marked in both modes by the character % or #; the respective line is ignored starting at this letter. Variable names are case-sensitive, not, however, the names of builtin functions. Long calculations and infinite loops in programs can be interrupted using the menu-option Run - Interrupt or by typing Ctrl-c. This does not work, however, with builtin functions.

The following list summarizes how argument data types in the subsequent reference tables are characterized.

Example Font Description
long typewriter constant literal text
name slanted textstring, always quoted (single ' or double '')
$var$ italic algebraic expression, with or without symbols, scalar, vector, matrix.
$vector$ italic vector, numeric or symbolic (except Lapack)
$matrix$ italic matrix, numeric or symbolic (except Lapack)
$sym$ italic symbolic variable
COUNT small capitals integer, often $> 0$ required.


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Helmut Dersch
2009-03-15