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RE: error messages

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  • Subject: [mg12903] RE: [mg12866] error messages
  • From: "Jean-Marie THOMAS" <jmthomas at>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 03:44:26 -0400
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

The kernel/Abort menu command only works with the kernel. In my opinion,
the FrontEnd misses a kind of similar stop button, in case for instance
you read a long file and forget to disable the output, as in <<whatever
instead of

When Mathematica does not respond, in my experience the fact is due to
FrontEnd commands that take a long time or grab too much ressources.

Jean-Marie THOMAS
Conseil et Audit en Ingénierie de Calcul Strasbourg, France

-----Original Message-----
From: Dustin [mailto:dsoodak at] To:
mathgroup at
Subject: [mg12903] [mg12866] error messages

(Mathematica 3.00, win95)

Since error messages in Mathematica are recursive, it isn't too uncommon
to get infinite recursion.  What this means is that the error message
has infinite length.  If not stopped quickly, it will continue printing
itself faster and faster until it takes up nearly all of my computer's
processing power.
   I can normally stop it in under a minute with rapid pressing of the
"abort evaluation" key.  Today, however, I came across one which would
not respond to the usual treatment so I pressed "control-alt-delete" to
shut down Mathematica.

  Mathematica refused to respond so I had to shut down the computer and
restart it.  Anyone know a way to prevent this?

dsoodak at

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