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Fixed in 10.3.0


I have encountered a very surprising and annoying kernel crash:

xxx = (-((I*b[-3] + (a[3] + I*d[-3])/Sqrt[2])*(c[5] + (I*(I*a[3] + d[-3]))/Sqrt[2]))/2 - ((I*b[-4] + (a[4] + I*d[-4])/Sqrt[2])*(c[4] + (I*(I*a[2] + d[-2]))/Sqrt[2]))/2 - ((I*b[-5] + (a[5] + I*d[-5])/Sqrt[2])*(c[3] + (I*(I*a[1] + d[-1]))/Sqrt[2]))/2 + ((b[2] + (I*(a[-2] + I*d[2]))/Sqrt[2])*(I*c[-1] + (I*a[-3] + d[3])/Sqrt[2]))/2 + ((b[1] + (I*(a[-1] + I*d[1]))/Sqrt[2])*(I*c[-2] + (I*a[-4] + d[4])/Sqrt[2]))/2 + ((b[0] + (I*(a[0] + I*d[0]))/Sqrt[2])*(I*c[-3] + (I*a[-5] + d[5])/Sqrt[2]))/2)^2

When I evaluate this expression, and the output is not supressed, my kernel repeatably crashes.

I have Mathematica 9.0.1.0 under Windows 8 (version 6.3). Can somebody confirm this? Is this behaviour known? Has it been fixed in newer versions?

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  • $\begingroup$ no crash here Mma 10 $\endgroup$
    – bill s
    Jun 1, 2016 at 21:05
  • $\begingroup$ Try restarting the kernel. There might be existing definitions of a, b, c, and d. $\endgroup$ Jun 1, 2016 at 22:16
  • $\begingroup$ Works fine on V10.4.1 running on OS X 10.10.2. $\endgroup$
    – m_goldberg
    Jun 1, 2016 at 23:48
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    $\begingroup$ I can verify that it crashes the kernel in version 9.0 for Windows, but only when input comes from the Front End, not in the standalone kernel. It seems to be fixed in later versions. $\endgroup$
    – librik
    Jun 2, 2016 at 0:17

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This is a bug that has been fixed in Mathematica 10.3.0 and later.

The cause of the crash is one of the computations that the predictive interface tries in the background, so a workaround for earlier versions would be to turn off the Suggestions Bar by unchecking the box in Preferences.

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