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Sending again: Symbolizing subscripts

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  • Subject: [mg62760] Sending again: Symbolizing subscripts
  • From: Andrew Moylan <andrew.moylan at>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2005 03:37:00 -0500 (EST)
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Sorry if I am sending this twice, but the first one doesn't seem to have 

It looks like there aren't any ideas for solving my original problem 
(included below), so I'll widen my search a bit.

I want any expression of the form Subscript[a, b] to be interpreted as a 
symbol. I can achieve this easily using the Notation package, by the 
Utilities`Notation`Symbolize[NotationBoxTag[SubscriptBox["_", "_"]]]

I also want to run my code in batch mode (without a front end). However, 
[it appears that] the Notation package cannot be used in batch mode. 
Given that I can't easily make the Notation package work in batch mode, 
I now ask: does anyone know another way (not using the Notation package) 
to make all subscripts behave as symbols?

Thanks again for any ideas.

Andrew Moylan wrote:
 > I have some code that includes (and relies upon) a call to
 > Utilities`Notation`Symbolize[...]. I would like to run the code in batch
 > mode (without a front end), but the Notation package generates many error
 > messages when being loaded without a front end, and subsequent calls to
 > Symbolize[...] result in the Mathematica kernel hanging.
 > Does anyone know of any way to use the notation package in batch mode, or
 > does anyone have any ideas for other ways to run my code automatically from
 > the (linux) shell?
 > Thanks for any help.
 >     -Andrew

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