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init.m question

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  • Subject: [mg5419] init.m question
  • From: Bob Stagat <stagat at>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Dec 1996 00:25:48 -0500
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I just started using version 3.0 on a Power Mac. I wanted to have the
kernel automatically set $HistoryLength to 10 instead of Infinity. Based
on what I read in the documentation, I located the
Configuration:Kernel:init.m file and editted it. It originally contained
one Initialization cell with some stuff in it. I added a second
Initialization cell (to keep it clearly separate from Wolfram's default
stuff) which had nothing in it but a comment line and the following


I restart Mathematica, expecting that the kernel will read my modified
init.m file and reset $HistoryLength. However, when I check it
Mathematica tells me that $HistoryLength = Infinity. 

Seems like this should be a trivial problem, but I can't seem to find
anything helpful in any of the documentation. Any suggestions on what I
should try next???

Bob Stagat
stagat at

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