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Normally I can clear the screen with ctrl-L but while running GAP, ctr-l just displays the last command entered.

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GAP documents no obvious/direct way to do this, but you can run system commands from its prompt which may do it, e.g., using Exec:

gap> Exec( "clear" );
  • can you recommend any resources for learning about how system commands work in Bash? – Nicholas Cousar Mar 3 at 21:31
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    There's a lot: in "system", I was referring to any command that could be run using system, which covers a lot of territory. GAP has its own command-language, and provides (like some other programs) a way to use shell commands (or on Windows, analogous commands). – Thomas Dickey Mar 3 at 22:33

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