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# Edit detail for FAQ revision 12 of 18

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-   * about 620 MB once compiled
* needs about 620 MB to build

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-  FriCAS is in BSD prots collection and should build on many BSD flavours.
FriCAS is in BSD ports collection and should build on many BSD flavours.

1. **Why sort is dropping list elements?**

Lists work differently than arrays.  Array structure does not change, only
differenet elements get assigned to given position.  Each list node has
link to next node.  Destructive operations on lists may assign
new values to links and change list structure.  In particular new list
may have different first node than old one.  So after destructive
operation one should always use returned result, because old list may
look scrabbled.

1. **Why floating point arithmetic gives wrong results?**

Floating point arithmetic is inherently approximate.  It is unusual for
floating point operations to deliver exact result.  Normally results are
approximate and are considered correct if error stays within prescribed bounds.
Most operations attempt to provide result with error less than half of least
significant digit.  However, when computing values of functions close to zeros
accuracy is normally limited by accuracy of the argument and delivering
more accurate result is simply wasted work.  So FriCAS uses more relaxed
criterion: result should be withing half of least significant digit to some
value of function when argument is varied by at most half of least digit.
To achieve this the Float domain may increase accuracy in intermadate
calculations.  DoubleFloat domain uses machine floating point operations,
which have fixed precision.  This limits precision of more complex operations,
in particular error may by some (hopefully small) multiple of least significant
digit.

You've got questions? We've got answers ... :)
• Please review the list of [Common Mistakes]? and the list of [MathAction Problems]? if you are have never used MathAction? before.
• If you are learning to use FriCAS? and think that someone must have solved some particular problem before you, check this list of Common [Axiom Problems]?.
• If you are a FriCAS? developer or plan to start by compiling FriCAS? from source code check-out the INSTALL file in FriCAS? source tarball.
• You can search for relevant pages on this web site based on keywords from the text. Enter keywords in the box at the upper right and press 'Enter'.
• If you would like to know some things that are not yet part of FriCAS?, check the [Wish List]?.
• Or check-out the WesterProblemSet?.

Finally, if you can not find the answer to your questions here, then please send an email to:

FriCAS? is free software, available under a BSD like license. For more details, please have a look in the "licences available in the SVN repository":http://sourceforge.net/p/fricas/code/HEAD/tree/trunk/license/
1. How can I contribute code to FriCAS??
Contact FriCAS? "mailing list":"http://groups.google.com/group/fricas-devel?hl=en". Also look at FriCASProgramming?.
1. What is the future of FriCAS??
Future is in your hands. Developement plans include better algorithms, in particular handling of conditions in expressions, improvements to FriCAS? language, nicer user interface. Long term goal is to remove unsound computations (yes there are parts which produce useful, but not always correct results) and formal verification of the rest. What actually will be developed depends on you: code contributions, tests, bug reports and feedback help.
1. What is the size of FriCAS?? FriCAS? is: ((--rhx: this data should be generated automatically))
• 23.672 MB of source code (4 MB compressed)
• 10.2 MB source tarball (contains some precompiled code and documentation)
• needs about 620 MB to build
• about 68000 lines for the interpreter in 115 files
• about 195000 lines of algebra in 345 files
1. In which language is FriCAS? is written?
• mathematical part of FriCAS? is mainly written in Spad (about 195000 lines).
• intepreter (and Spad compiler) is mostly written in Boot. Also Boot to Lisp translator is written in Boot. Together there is about 64000 lines of Boot code.
• Spad and Boot are translated to Lisp. Beside generated Lisp we have about 10000 lines of handwritten Lisp.
• HyperDoc? program, graphic viewer, few other utility programs and a few support routines are written in C. Together there is about 50000 lines of C code.
1. Which systems can run FriCAS??

FriCAS? is developed mainly on Linux and should run on wide variety of Linux distributions. There is regularly build Cygwin and Mac OS X port. FriCAS? is in BSD ports collection and should build on many BSD flavours.

In the past people have compiled and run FriCAS? on Solaris, but there are no recent reports.

1. Where can I find articles related to FriCAS?, Axiom and Aldor?
Look at "articles":http://axiom-wiki.newsynthesis.org/public/refs/articles.html on this website.
1. How can I edit a page on the FriCASWiki??
Click at _edit_ in the upper right corner of the corresponding page and follow the Wikipedia guideline of "being bold":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:Be_bold_in_updating_pages in updating wiki pages. Yes, don't ask, just update (i.e. improve) the page.
1. How to create new pages on FriCASWiki??
Look at [Creating New Pages]?.