Hi Camm,

thanks for your reply.

I need to do some more test runs to get logs of the additional failing
tests. The last time we tried using maxima-gcl was over a year ago. Can
we also create a fasl file with GCL and would you consider putting that
into the package? Then I could already test with such a file.

This is also complicated by the version mismatch, sage still uses maxima
5.35. In a first test I already got 74 new failing tests because I
switched to maxima-ecl 5.38. Many of them were caused by changes in the
formatting of maxima output, so the tests need to be updated. (Sage has
both a pipe interface to maxima and the fasl interface and I think they
are both used.) Anyway, I have to figure out which failures are caused
by the changed version and which by GCL.


On 10/16/2016 10:19 PM, Camm Maguire wrote:
> Greetings!
> Why don't you send me a description of what you've done with current
> maxima and sage so far and what errors you see, so I can take a look.
> Take care,
> Tobias Hansen <than...@debian.org> writes:
>> Hi Camm,
>> I updated the debdiff to maxima 5.38.1-2.
>> I really hope we can make some progress on this topic. I read again the
>> private mail that you sent me in March 2015 and I must say that I don't
>> really understand everything. We tried using maxima-gcl with Sagemath,
>> but we get Sagemath test failures that are not trivial to fix for us. I
>> also think that we need the fasl file. (Is that what you called
>> common-lisp-controller library in your mail?) Unfortunately we have
>> nobody with any Lisp experience. Because of this, changing the way
>> Sagemath and maxima work together seems hard.
>> We are currently working a lot on packaging Sagemath for Debian stretch,
>> as can be seen from the amount of traffic on our mailing list [1]. I
>> think we have a realistic chance to get everything that is required done
>> before the freeze.
>> maxima is now one of two issues that we don't really know how to
>> resolve. (The other one is pari, which is resolved if pari 2.9 is
>> released in time for stretch.)
>> Best,
>> Tobias
>> [1] https://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/debian-science-sagemath

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