> < ^ Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 16:13:13 +0100 (CET)
> < ^ From: Mathias Kratzer <kratzer@exp-math.uni-essen.de >
> ^ Subject: CharTable for SL(2,5)

Dear GAP-Forum,

as far as I know, GAP should offer at least two ways to get the
character table of SL(2,5): visiting the GAP Character Table Libraries
by typing

CharTable( "SL", 2, 5 );

and pressing <ENTER> or making GAP calculate the character table.

However, what I received taking the latter way in GAP 3.4.4 follows:

gap> G := SpecialLinearGroup( 2, 5 );; G.name := "SL(2,5)";;
gap> CharTable( G );
Error, Record: element 'permDomain' must have an assigned value at
d := Permutation( d, G.permDomain ) ... in
arg[1].operations.RepresentativeOperation( arg[1], arg[2], arg[3],
OnPoints ) called from
RepresentativeOperation( C.group, g, C.representative ) called from
<elm> in <rec> called from
D.ClassElement( D, D.conjugacyClasses[nu].representative ^ power )
called from
DxPowerClass( D, i, -1 ) called from

Obviously, GAP prefers a permutation group presentation of SL(2,5) to
calculate the group's character table. As I found out by descending a
little deeper down to GAP's internal code, such a presentation is
computed by calling the function

G.operations.MakePermGroupP( <group> )

with the group G itself in place of the argument. For matrix groups G
like SL(2,5) this function sets a local variable P to

Size( G.field )^G.dimension

and decides how to continue by testing if P < 65536 or not. In both
cases the result --- G's permutation group presentation --- is bound
to the record component G.permGroupP, but a component


is ONLY stored IF P >= 65536. 

For the special linear group G=SL(2,5) is P=25 and hence accessing the
record component G.permDomain in the upper example will fail, of

Now, here comes my question:
Is there any reason why G.permDomain is not bound by MakePermGroupP
whenever P is less than 65536 or is this a 'strange behaviour' ---
just to use Akihiro Munemasa's words (GAP-Forum, 12 May 93) ?

Mathias Kratzer

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