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  1. Hi
    I have followed your instructions for installing Maxima on MacOs 10.12.6 on a 2016 MacBook Pro and am having problems with getting GNUPlot to draw graphs within the page using the wxplot2D command. I can get GNUPlot to draw the graph in a separate window using plot2D command. However, using the wxplot2d command I get an error message saying “can’t open the file /Users/sidebotham 1/ – I can send a full screen shot of the message. I have installed your terminal script. Am not a command line user!
    Any help would be much appreciated.
    Thanks David


    1. David, thanks for your note.
      I wonder from the error message you quote if the space in the file name is causing lisp some trouble. Maybe switching flavors of lisp will help. try this:

      wxMaxima —> Preferences… —> Maxima,

      in the “Additional Parameters” text box type
      -l sbcl

      (those are lower case “L”, not 1)

      then close the window, restart maxima, and try the wxplot command again.

      Does wxdraw work as expected?

      fingers crossed…


  2. Hello! Great site! I was going through your installation instructions for Maxima+wxMaxima on MacOS. If you were not aware already, Homebrew now has Maxima and wxMaxima formulas. The only two commands I needed to install everything was “brew install maxima” and then “brew install wxmaxima”. That was it! To start it up I just needed to type “wxmaxima” in Terminal. I haven’t experienced any issues yet other than initially the plotting functionality similar to what you described but slightly different. The fix for that was very trivial as described here (https://github.com/andrejv/wxmaxima/issues/973). Moreover, I wanted the ability to use the “Use cairo to improve plot quality” feature. To do that, I had to reinstall gnuplot via brew with the ‘–with-cairo’ flag: “brew reinstall gnuplot –with-cairo”. Cheers!


    1. Thank you!

      In my work I need to provide the easiest possible installation for my undergraduate students. About half run mac os and half run windows.

      I hope to avoid taking the mac users down the path to homebrew or macports, but rather provide precompiled install packages.

      Do you have any experience making such install installation packages with Homebrew?


      1. Unfortunately I do not. When I installed via Homebrew, I believe it tried to use the prebuilt binaries but failed and automatically installed from source. I think that the maintenance cost for keeping valid pre-built packages/binaries is high especially in the context of a cross platform app like these ones. I suppose it’s the price to pay for using good open-source software :). P.S. I saw discussions surrounding incorporating Maxima into Jupyter. I can’t wait for that (right now the installation process for incorporating Maxima in Jupyter is not so trivial). Cheers!


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