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Hi Folks,

I'm not sure if this expected behaviour but when I run the following code


abc := s**2 y^{r} y^{s} A_{r s};

substitute (abc,$s->1$);

the substitute command replaces not only the leading factor s**2 by 1**2 but it also replaces the subscripts s with 1.

Is this correct behaviour?


ps. I'm also curious if factors like 1**2 should be replaced with 1 (though this is easily dealt withy other means)?

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This is now fixed on github, the above produces

$$y^{r} y^{s} A_{r s} .$$

If you ever wanted to replace the s index instead (not recommendable, you never know whether the next run still calls this dummy index s), you need to do

substitute (abc,$^{s}->^{1}$);
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Hi Kasper,
Many thanks for the fix. It works. And I doubt I'd ever have a need to make substitutions on the indices -- down that road lies danger :).

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That probably makes more sense if it only replaces the index if you do

 substitute(_, $^{s} -> 1$);

Let me see what made me change this when going from 1.x to 2.x...

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