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Re: Automatic execution of a notebook


At 01:28 AM 10/3/2003, craig beckett wrote:
>We have started the mathematica FrontEnd with a selected notebook
>using a visual basic shell command but the notebook is not executed
>until the user takes some action.  We would like to know how to start
>mathematica and have it automatically evaluate the notebook without
>user intervention.

With a couple of settings it is possible.

1) Take the notebook and make all the cells you want to evaluate into 
initialization cells. (In the Option Inspector, scope=selection 
InitializationCell->True.)

2) Make the notebook evaluate it's init cells when opened. (In the OI, 
scope=notebook, InitializationCellEvaluation->True)

3) Set your copy of Mathematica to not ask about evaluating init cells. (In 
the OI, scope=global, InitializationCellWarning->False.)

With these settings, any notebook that has 
InitializationCellEvaluation->True will evaluate upon opening. Given some 
of the commands available to Mathematica (DeleteFile, Run, not to mention 
J/Link) this could be quite risky.

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