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Problems with creating packages (formatting)

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  • Subject: [mg33748] Problems with creating packages (formatting)
  • From: "Mike Varney" <varney at>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 02:14:01 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Hello all.

I am attempting to create a package under version 4.1.
After entering in my functions, etc etc and setting the cell as the
initiation cell, I am able to save the package as package.m.

I can now call and load the package fine and the functions work fine as

The problem is that when I open package.m in mathmatica to edit the package
the text is in the "plain text" format, i.e..

F[x_] := Cos[x]^3 + 3Exp[x]+1


\!\(F[x_] := Cos[x]\^3 + 3  Exp[x] + 1\)

The installation is the default one with an extra directory under
standardpackages for my packages.  I have changed none of the default

My saving procedure is the following:

1.  I click on a cell and type in my functions, etc to create the package.
This includes comments, etc., etc.

2.  I click on the cell bracket and choose Cell -> Cell Properties ->
Initialization Cell

3.  I save as special -> Package Format

I close the notebook without saving, restart mathematica and open the
package.m and see the formatting errors.

If any of you have ideas on how to solve this I would appreciate the



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