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convex polytopes and polyhedra


polymake [Options] [Arguments]


This program provides algorithms that manipulate convex polytopes and polyhedra.  When run without arguments, an interactive shell is started.



Show a help message and exit.


Print the version number and copyright notice, and exit.

[--script] [application::]script_file

Execute the script stored in script_file.  If the application prefix is specified, that application is loaded and the script file is looked up in its script directory.

--script [application::]script_file arguments ...

Execute the script, passing the arguments in @ARGV.

--iscript [application::]script_file arguments ...

Execute the script, which may contain interactive commands.


Interpret the string as a perl expression.


Read and execute commands from standard input.

file PROPERTY | METHOD [ ... ]

Legacy mode (resembling polymake <= 2.3): Read the object from the data file, print the properties, or run the user methods.

--touch file [ file ... ]

Read the files and write them out; useful for converting from older polymake versions.


-A application_name

Start with this application, ignoring the $default_application and @start_applications settings.


Produce some debug output; can be repeated to increase the debug level.


Verbose output; can be repeated to increase the verbosity level.  This is an obsolete option.  Use custom variables $Verbose::* to gain more detailed control.


Rerun the autoconfiguration sections in all rule files.

--config-path "DIR;..."

Import settings from global configuration files in the given directories.  If the last DIR in the list starts with ~/, use it instead of ~/.polymake to keep the private settings.  The default is "user", using only the private configuration located at $POLYMAKE_USER_DIR or ~/.polymake.


Equivalent to --config-path=none.  Don't read any configuration files. Don't try to configure rules automatically.  Don't load rule files requiring auto-configuration.


Equivalent to --config-path=ignore.  Don't read any configuration files. Skip auto-configuration routines in the rule files.


Dry run mode: show the production rules that would be applied to the object, but don't actually run any.  This is only applicable in compatibility mode.

-T sec

Set a time limit for the execution of production rules.  This option currently has no effect.


4.12 Polymake