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Re: how to avoid this evaluation?

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  • Subject: [mg37408] Re: how to avoid this evaluation?
  • From: arrayan137 at (elcofres)
  • Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2002 02:04:44 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <ap5g9b$4l1$> <ap85i8$50p$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I tried with

SetAttributes[MyFunction, HoldRest]


SetAttributes[MyFunction, HoldAll]

but the problem is that the main loop replaces the symbol 'a' with its
value. For example for

a = x^2;

f[x_] := Print[x];

SetAttributes[f, HoldAll];




I'd like to get something like

a = x^2

or just the symbol "a". I looked at the attributes of Definition  and
FullDefinition, but they have just HoldAll and Protected. Maybe they
are special in some sense, and the main loop knows not to replace the
argument with its value.


"Allan Hayes" <hay at> wrote in message news:<ap85i8$50p$1 at>...
> > MyFunction[a]
> >
> > and within MyFunction some variable gets assigned with a=x^2 (and not
> > just with x^2). Is there a way of doing this? I don't like having to
> > write MyFunction["a"]. In some way Save seems to know how to tell the
> > system not to replace 'a' with its value.
> Save has the attribute HoldRest, you can attach this to MyFunction with
>     SetAttributes[MyFunction, HoldRest]
> --
> Allan
> ---------------------
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> Mathematica Training and Consulting
> Leicester UK
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