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Re: Memory leak? Self-created non-executable Help notebook?

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  • Subject: [mg35624] Re: Memory leak? Self-created non-executable Help notebook?
  • From: Selwyn Hollis <slhollis at>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 01:51:33 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <ahg8dg$93n$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

There's an FAQ on issue #1 at

(This problem annoyed me for many months.)


AES wrote:
> 1)  Working with Mathematica 4.1 on a Mac iBook running OS 9.1 I've recently 
> been encountering repeated situations where, after working with any one 
> of a collection of several different small notebooks for a short time, 
> and perhaps causing some errors, I get a  dialog box that says
>     "There was not enough memory to display a cell.  The cell has
>     been closed.  When you have freed some memory you can open
>     it again by choosing Cell Open the the Cell Properties menu".
> Clicking OK just brings up the box again in an endless loop;  doing a 
> Force Quit usually leads to a crash.  The notebooks are only a dozen 
> cells or so long.  I've increased Mathematica's memory allocation; no help.
> Is this some kind of "memory leak", or . . . ?
> 2)  Possibly related:  I have a "My Mathematica Notes" notebook -- a kind of 
> personalized Help file -- in which I collect misc notes, useful snippets 
> of Mathematica code in the form of Input cells, other examples I've seen on this 
> group or elsewhere.  It's about 140K in size.  I'm not sure but I think 
> the above problem may sometimes occur shortly after I open this Notes 
> notebook to copy a cell out of it.
> I don't want to run or execute any cells in this notebook, ever.  Are 
> there some options or defaults I should set so that none of the Input 
> cells in this notebook will execute while it's open, yet I can copy and 
> paste them as executable Input cells in another notebook I'm working on?

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