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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

http://www.math.utsa.edu/srv_gap.html

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

Gap-Trouble@math.rwth-aachen.de

I hope this helps,

Heiko Thei{\ss}en

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