On Fri, Jul 06, 2001 at 04:27:45PM +0100, Kurt Ewald wrote:
> Dear forum,
> is it possible to read the sourcecode of some functions of GAP4.
The short answer is: Yes.
Firstly, if what you want printed is indeed a function (documented with a
F) as opposed to an operation (documented with an O) and written in GAP
i.e. in the library rather than the kernel, you can use `Print' e.g. (the
"\n" just adds a new-line so you get back to a clean gap> prompt):
gap> Print(PrimeResidues, "\n"); function ( m ) local residues, p, i; if m < 0 then m := - m; fi; if m < 8 then return ShallowCopy( PrimeResiduesSmall[m + 1] ); fi; residues := [ 1 .. m - 1 ]; for p in Set( FactorsInt( m ) ) do for i in [ 1 .. m / p - 1 ] do residues[p * i] := 1; od; od; return Set( residues ); end gap> Print(Centralizer, "\n"); function ( arg ) local super, sub, value; if Length( arg ) <> 2 then return CallFuncList( oper, arg ); fi; super := arg; sub := arg; if HasParent( sub ) and IsIdenticalObj( super, Parent( sub ) ) then if Tester( attr )( sub ) then value := attr( sub ); else value := oper( super, sub ); Setter( attr )( sub, value ); fi; else value := oper( super, sub ); fi; return value; end
Even when `Print' doesn't help you still have access to all the GAP
library and source code. Most of the library code is in the `lib'
directory (other components are in `prim' - primitive groups, `small' -
small groups, etc.) and the kernel (C code) is in the `src' directory. In
theory, it's all human-readable, though probably you will only want to
try and read the library code components: typically, functions are
declared in files with .gd extensions and then their code is in a .gi
files, but there are also .g files; mostly, if a function is declared in
<file>.gd, then its code is in <file>.gi ... in cases where this is not
true, code tends to be a little trickier to locate. On UNIX systems, this
information plus knowing about `grep' is generally enough to locate any
piece of GAP library code ... I haven't a clue how to do the equivalent
in a Windows environment.
Anyway, I hope that goes some way to answering your question.
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