maxima+xmaxima: can't type into Console

Murray Eisenberg murrayeisenberg at
Thu Nov 14 13:20:15 PST 2013

On 13 Nov 2013 19:59:59 -0800, Ned Deily <nad at> wrote:

> In article <FB588327-E6BD-4107-B65B-2DE86735B7B3 at>,
> Murray Eisenberg <murrayeisenberg at> wrote:
>> OS is Mavericks.
>> Will try wxMaxima.
>> On Nov 13, 2013, at 4:07 PM, MK-MacPorts at wrote:
>>> Hi Murray,
>>> On Nov 13, 2013, at 4:11 PM, Murray Eisenberg wrote:
>>>> I installed maxima @5.30.0_0+xmaxima. By itself, the command-line maxima 
>>>> works (so far) as expected.
>>> good.
>>>> When, instead, I start xmaxima from the command-line, I get two windows ? 
>>>> Xmaxima: browser and Xmaxima: console. If I double-click one of the 
>>>> highlighted lines in the Xmaxima: browser window, then the output appears 
>>>> in the Xmaxima:browser window, and both the input and corresponding output 
>>>> appear in the Xmaxima:console window as well.
>>> Yes, that's intentional.
>>> The browser just shows you a section from the manual, which you're advised 
>>> to click through to show off some of maxima's and xmaxima's features.
>>>> But I cannot type any input directly into the Xmaxima: console window. 
>>>> Shouldn?t I be able to do so? And, if not, how can one enter input of 
>>>> one?s own (instead of just evaluate what?s in the prepared html page 
>>>> showing in the Xmaxima:browser window?
>>> You should be able to enter your own lines in the console.
>>> If not, which Mac OS version are you using?
>>> Here on my SL it works seamlessly.
>>> Greets,
>>> Marko
>>> P.S.: Perhaps you would like to install wxMaxima and try that too.
> If the problem is seen using the quartz (native) Tk on Mavericks, it's very 
> likely you are running into a critical Tk problem on Mavericks.  There is a 
> simple patch available that fixes the problem.

How do I tell which Tk is being used??

As to the Tk patch referenced in the cited ticket, how does one use it?

(I’ve installed XQuartz just updated to 2.7.5. Is that relevant?)

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