> < ^ Date: Wed, 27 Jul 1994 11:36:00 +0100 (MET)
> < ^ From: Martin Schoenert <martin.schoenert@math.rwth-aachen.de >
< ^ Subject: Re: gap 3.4 under emacs
Steve Fisk writes in his e-mail message of 1994/07/25

If I use the -n option in gap to prevent echoing in my emacs shell
window, then I can not access the help system. Here is what happens:
(using emacs 19.22)

The option '-n' tells GAP that the standard input 'stdin' is not a
terminal, and that GAP cannot switch it to raw mode. This is necessary,
because otherwise EMACS and GAP both echo all the input characters.

However GAP needs the input in raw mode for the help, because it expects
the raw <spaces> as answer to '-- <space> for more --'.

It would be possible to fix that, but the easiest solution for now is
probably the GAP mode for EMACS that comes with the standard distribution
in 'gap3r4p0/etc/'.

He continues

Another question - with the manual growing several hundred pages every
release, it's getting hard to even know what is even available. Has
anyone written a converter to info? Such a format would make it easy to
browse the manual.

It would probably not be too difficult to write such a converted. But
the real problem is, I think, not the mechanism to read the manual. It
is the manual itself. The size of the manual is simply ridiculous. We
are planning a major rewrite for GAP 4, which hopefully will make the
manual much more accessible.


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Martin Sch"onert,   Martin.Schoenert@Math.RWTH-Aachen.DE,   +49 241 804551
Lehrstuhl D f"ur Mathematik, Templergraben 64, RWTH, 52056 Aachen, Germany

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