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Re: Re: how about fixing the Messages command?

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  • Subject: [mg70720] Re: [mg70699] Re: how about fixing the Messages command?
  • From: "Chris Chiasson" <chris at>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 02:24:33 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <eh1vog$290$> <>

Thank you for your humorous and informative reply.

In fact, after experimenting with Messages.m, I can see that a message
will not appear in Messages[symbol] unless that message has been
issued in the course of a calculation. This reminds me of the
description of Needs. The file (Messages.m) is scanned, but the
definitions aren't made until the "symbol" is actually used. The only
problem is that Messages needs to be written in such a way that it
illuminates all usage messages for a given symbol even if those
messages haven't been called yet (and even if the symbol in question
happens to be General).

On 10/23/06, fiaminamor at <fiaminamor at> wrote:
> Chris Chiasson wrote:
> > It would be a lot easier for me to make messages that conform to
> > Mathematica's style of doing things if I could easily get a list of
> > messages from built in functions. However, I guess that stuff is trade
> > secret... just like my sock drawer.
> Only if your sock drawer is located at
> $TopDirectory/SystemFiles/Kernel/TextResources/English/Messages.m


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