[Maxima] approx-alike bug

Barton Willis willisb at unk.edu
Sun Dec 2 11:53:37 CST 2012

This function approx-alike has a bug: (The testing code uses approx-alike to test for equality.) 

  (%i1) ?approx\-alike(a[1],a(1));
  (%o1) true

I filed a report (https://sourceforge.net/p/maxima/bugs/2511/). Since this bug has been with us for years, I don't think 
it's a deal breaker for 5.29. With my proposed fix, the test suite runs OK.

The diff for my proposed fix was automagically formatted as a bullet list :(  Apparently,  I need to read the "formatting help"  document :(
Also, it's necessary to read a bug report to see who submitted it--previously, that information was listed in the summary :(  Maybe I'm just grumpy :(


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