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bug #38615: symbolic package: crashes Octave on Mac OSX

Submitted by:  None
Submitted on:  Thu 28 Mar 2013 08:16:12 AM UTC  
Category:  Octave Forge Package Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Segfault, Bus Error, etc.
Status:  Wont Fix Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Sandro Originator Email:  -email is unavailable-
Open/Closed:  Closed Release:  other
Operating System:  Mac OS

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Sun 22 Feb 2015 06:11:39 AM UTC, comment #2:

The symbolic package has been replaced with a completely new implementation based on SymPy. Closing this bug report since it applies to the old unmaintained symbolic package.

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Project Administrator
Wed 03 Apr 2013 07:05:51 PM UTC, comment #1:

The symbolic package in Octave is unmaintained and badly broken. Even when you get it to not crash, it doesn't do anything all that useful. For example, it doesn't work on arrays.

If you are interested in fixing this, this is an outstanding GSoC project for Octave:


Jordi GutiƩrrez Hermoso <jordigh>
Project Administrator
Thu 28 Mar 2013 08:16:12 AM UTC, original submission:

I have the following problem on a Mac with OSX 10.8.3.

After installation of ginac from MacPorts, I have installed the symbols package with the usual command:

When trying to use the symbolic package octave crashes:

Any idea of what is wrong? As a side remark, the ginac package seems to work ok, as is seen from the following example:



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    Follow 5 latest changes.

    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2015-02-22 mtmiller StatusConfirmed => Wont Fix
        Open/ClosedOpen => Closed
    2014-01-20 mtmiller Release3.6.4 => other
        SummaryOctave crashes calling symbols package => symbolic package: crashes Octave on Mac OSX
    2013-04-03 jordigh StatusNone => Confirmed

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