[Slackbuilds-users] mathics (my build) broken and seems rather inactive

David Chmelik dchmelik at gmail.com
Wed Jan 8 05:13:30 UTC 2020

     I maintain mathics.SlackBuild.  Earlier versions worked.  There 
didn't seem to be any dependency changes I didn't account for, but as of 
version 1.0, Mathics is broken.  It even crashes if you enter: 
1+1<SHIFT><ENTER>.  (yes, you press <SHIFT> before <ENTER> in 
     They abandoned IRC and for months/years, their Slack.com general 
chat room has been completely inactive (other than questions by me and 
one other person... no developers) though (they have an emailing-list 
and maybe some unlisted/secret development Slack chat room, and) 
activity on GitHub continues (of course, I'm only going to build 
normally-numbered versions, not hashed-numbered versions.) There are 
questions I asked them a year or two ago, unanswered... not about a 
critical issue, but asking how to run a public server, which is 
something their documentation says maybe you'd like to ask the 
developers (I even asked how much it might cost for them to 
code/document a safer way to run it.)  It still will run on a public 
server as a completely non-privileged user (they still claim is risky.)
     I'm just asking, is it worth reporting this to Mathics on 
emailing-list or GitHub.com, or can/should anyone suggest/help how to 
debug first, or does it no longer seem serious enough and should just be 
removed for Slackware 15.0?

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