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RE: output from a package

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  • Subject: [mg23193] RE: [mg23168] output from a package
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2000 01:12:03 -0400 (EDT)
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If you define a new variable within a package, say x, it will have the name
PackageName`Private`x. I think what you are looking for is Global`x, which
will simply display as x. You can obtain this by simply using the name
Global`x instead of x, or defining a variable in your Module heading as x =

Another place where this problem occurs is when you define and debug a
procedure in a notebook that contains default parameters. For example:
foo[a_,b_, var_:x]:=... When you move this to a package, it will not work as
expected because var will be PackageName`Private`x. Instead, write the
definition as foo[a_,b_,var_:Global`x].

David Park
djmp at

> From: steven.w.gaskey at [mailto:steven.w.gaskey at]
To: mathgroup at
> During a Mathematica session I developed a set of algebraic
> equations to solve a problem describing the vapor-liquid
> equilibrium in a reactor. The procedure I used was to define the
> equations, define a set of rules defining the parameters, define
> a set of initial conditions, then get the equations and initial
> conditions in a form that FindRoot likes and call the function.
> FindRoot returns the set of rules at the solution.
> Now I want to carry out the calculation a number of times so I
> used the package template from Maeder's book to turn my notebook
> into a package. The calculations work as expected, but the values
> returned from FindRoot are in the context of the package, e.g.
> {vlepackage`Private`wC2->.....}
> There are many variables, so I prefer to set up the definition to
> use the same names every time. What I would like is something
> like the `Statistics`LinearRegression package that always returns
> a rule with a name from the current context (or that what it looks like)
> That is I would like to be able to say things like
> wC2/.vlecalculation[p1,p2,p3]
> and the module would return a rule list that would work.
> Is there an straightforward way to do this?
> Thanks
> Steve
> Steven Gaskey
> Staff Engineer, Exxpol Reactor Technology Development
> ExxonMobil Chemical Company
> Baytown Polymer Center
> 5200 Bayway Dr
> Baytown, TX 77520
> 281 834 0356  Fax: 281 834 2434
> Steven.W.Gaskey at

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