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Output from Export[ ] (suggestion to Wolfram)

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  • Subject: [mg57781] Output from Export[ ] (suggestion to Wolfram)
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2005 03:21:30 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Export[---] (without a following semicolon) prints the filename of the 
exported file to an output cell in the notebook.

Sure would be nice if options could be added to have this output cell 
contain a bunch of additional information such as

   --Full path for the output file
   --File size
   --Name of object exported, as well as file name
   --Format used

plus all kinds of potentially useful format-specific and object-specific 
data such as graphic dimensions for an EPS file; pixel dimensions for 
JPEG and the like; fonts used and/or embedded; number of characters 
and/or lines for a text file; and so on.  (Presumably much of this 
information can be decoded from within the output file itself, but we 
amateurs may not find that so easy to do.)

Any simple command that will extract all this information from the 
kernal or front end immediately following execution of an Export[---] 

Also, to have an output cell with the filename be printed even when the 
Export[---]; command is executed within a longer sequence of expressions 
separated by semicolons, the following seems to work:


Anything illegal or immoral about doing this?

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