FriCAS Maths Program

FriCAS is a fork of the Axiom program as described here.

FriCAS seems to be the most activly developed of the Axiom forks and this is where I would reccomend potential new users to go.

If you are a potential new user, I suggest going to the website here and download the binaries and try it. For Linux operating systems (which is the only version I have personally tried) I found it quite easy to install and try. Compiling from source is harder but I don't see why new users should need to do that.

I did have a problem with older versions of openSuSE where virtual memory limit was set low by default. I think that problem has gone away with newer versions of openSuSE but, just in case, I have documented what I saw on the page here.

After that start reading the Axiom Book in either PDF or html form.

At the moment documentation about FriCAS is spread between:

I think Axiom/FriCAS is very powerful and deserves to be more widely used. However it does have some issues and I have put my own personal 'wish list' is on the page here.

If you have issues with FriCAS why not go to the mailing list.

Installing from Binary

Goto the FriCAS Sourceforge page here and download the binary (in this case fricas-1.2.6.amd64.tar.bz2)

Unzip the files as shown here:

fricas unzip

I then moved the extracted files into my /usr/local directory (in super user mode - in other words as root):

move fricas

Starting Fricas

We can then run FriCAS as follows:

martin@linux-rks1:~> /usr/local/bin/fricas
Checking for foreign routines
foreign routines found
openServer result 0
                       FriCAS Computer Algebra System 
                            Version: FriCAS 1.2.6
                  Timestamp: Wed Jun 24 06:24:41 CEST 2015
   Issue )copyright to view copyright notices.
   Issue )summary for a summary of useful system commands.
   Issue )quit to leave FriCAS and return to shell.

(1) -> )q


There are some runtime options:

[-ht |-noht] whether to use HyperDoc
[-gr |-nogr] whether to use Graphics
[-clef |-noclef] whether to use Clef
[-nag |-nonag] whether to use NAG
[-iw |-noiw] start in interpreter window
[-ihere|-noihere] start an interpreter buffer in the original window
[-nox] don't use X Windows
[-go |-nogo] whether to start system
[-ws wsname] use named workspace
[-list] list workspaces only
[-grprog fname] use named program for Graphics
[-nagprog fname] use named program for Nag
[-htprog fname] use named program for HyperDoc
[-clefprog fname] use named program for Clef
[-sessionprog fname] use named program for session
[-clientprog fname] use named program for spadclient
[-h] show usage
[-eval code] evaluate specified code at start
[-texmacs] setup Fricas for communication in TeXmacs protocol
[-emacs] setup for emacs frontend


There are some dependencies but these should be usually be present in all desktop Linux systems:



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