> < ^ Date: Fri, 16 Jul 1999 18:00:57 +0500
> < ^ From: Rifhat Aleev <aleev@cgu.chel.su >
^ Subject: =?koi8-r?B?79TXxdQ6ICAgICAgICBSZTogUHJvYmxlbSB3aXRoIENhcGl0YWwgRg==?=

Dear GAP Forum,

Rifhat Aleev wrote

do you know that GAP3r4p4 becomes SUPER very strange behavior if you use
the capital F? For example,
gap> F:=E(7);
after that repeated some times similar asignments we have system errors
about function.
Real Example of log file:
gap> E:=E(7)^3+E(7)^4;
gap> F:=E(7)^2+E(7)^5;
Error, Function: <function> must be a function
After that GAP does NOT work!!!
What is that?

The problem is that in the line

gap> E:=E(7)^3+E(7)^4;

the function `E' is overwritten,
and when `E(7)' is called in the next input line,
GAP cannot evaluate this because `E' is no longer a function.
(So the problem is not the use of the capital F but of the capital E.)

In the forthcoming version GAP 4,
global variables of GAP such as `E' are write protected,
so the above problem cannot occur in GAP 4.

Kind regards,

Many thanks!
We have another examples WITHOUT capital E but unfortunately they are
random and so it is very hard to repeat them. We don't think that can be!
Thanks once more!

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