Compiling and Installing GAP System for Computational Discrete Algebra

GAP is a system for computational discrete algebra, with particular emphasis on Computational Group Theory. GAP provides a programming language, a library of thousands of functions implementing algebraic algorithms written in the GAP language as well as large data libraries of algebraic The objects.

The information is taken from Compilation

Step 1: Download the GAP Software

Download the GAP Software at Current version at point of writing is 4.5.6

# tar -zxvf gap4r5p6_2012_11_04-18_46.tar.gz
# cd gap4r5p6

Step 2:  Configure and Install (Default Installation)

# make

Step 3: Optional Installation – GMP packages.
If you wish to use the GAP internal GMP Packges, then the version of GMP bundled with this GAP will be used. This is the default.

# ./configure --with-gmp=yes|no|system|"path"

Step 4: Optional Installation – Readline Editing for better command-line Editing.
If the argument you supply is yes, then GAP will look in standard locations for a Readline installed on your system. Or you can specify a path to a Readline installation.

# ./configure --with-readline=yes|no|"path"

For more information,
See INSTALL when you unpacked the GAP.


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