> < ^ Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 09:13:00 +0100 (MET)
< ^ From: Heiko Theissen <heiko.theissen@math.rwth-aachen.de >
< ^ Subject: Re: Using GAP via the web?

Dear Peter Farbman, dear GAP forum,

I know of one or two WWW pages where web surfers can ``try out GAP'',
i.e., they can send a one-line command via the web which will then be
executed by GAP one a remote machine and the result will be displayed
on the WWW page. These pages have been set up to advertise GAP and are
surely not intended as an alternative to installing GAP on your own
system. It is certainly infeasible to use this facility for your
purposes. The computers on which the calculations would be performed
would be overloaded if more than three people used GAP this way at the
same time. Also for serious mathematical computations you would have
to transfer such an amount of information that it would simply jam the
net if GAP could be used this way.

To demonstrate that your student did not make up something, you can
try out the page


but you should really try to install GAP on your machines. If you have
problems with this, it would be useful to know what machines you have
in your lab (processor, operating system etc.) and where exactly the
difficulties arise: during compilation, when files cannot be found, or
at runtime?

If you can give us more detailed information, we can perhaps help you
with the installation. Please do not send the technical details to the
GAP forum, but rather to


I hope this helps,

Heiko Thei{\ss}en

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