[Maxima] Changes for bug 2085440

Richard Fateman fateman at cs.berkeley.edu
Fri Jul 17 09:11:50 CDT 2009

Raymond Toy wrote:...


> Maybe the expectation is that for compiled functions, you get to debug
> the result using the Lisp's debugger.  

The expectation of the compiler [to the extent one can say that computer 
programs have expectations :) ]
is that you've debugged the program before you compiled it!   This 
is unreasonable when the uncompiled function is so slow that the buggy 
part is not reached for
a long time.   However,  wrong-number-of-argument errors can sometimes 
be detected at compile
time  (type-checking etc.)  So maybe that should be done by the Maxima 
translator etc.


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