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Re: Clean-up code for packages

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  • Subject: [mg74974] Re: Clean-up code for packages
  • From: "Szabolcs" <szhorvat at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 02:03:55 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <evht7d$2lv$1@smc.vnet.net><evksuq$rs0$1@smc.vnet.net>

On Apr 12, 11:08 am, Albert <awnl at arcor.net> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> > Is there a way for packages to set up some clean-up code that is
> > executed before Quit[]? (e.g. delete temporary files that may have
> > been created by package functions)
>
> I don't know if there is a better way to do this than to manipulate
> $Epilog...
>
> > I found $Epilog, but I cannot figure out how to prepend commands to it
> > if it is already defined. E.g. the default value of $Epilog is
> > $Epilog := <<end`
> > and I'd like to modify it to be
> > $Epilog := (someCommand[];<<end`)
> > without knowing the its initial value.
>
> > Is there a way to do this safely? Or is there any other way to run the
> > clean-up code when the session is terminated?
>
> ... but this is one way to alter $Epilog, I hope it will be "save
> enough" for your needs. You need to look up the OwnValues directly to
> get ahold of the unevaluated code and then take some care to not
> evaluate it too early:
>
> SetDelayed @@@ Cases[
>    OwnValues[$Epilog],
>    HoldPattern[RuleDelayed[Verbatim[HoldPattern][$Epilog], origcode_]] :>
>      Hold[$Epilog, CompoundExpression[myCommand[], origcode]]
> ]
>
> (* test it: *)
> myCommand[] := Print["Hello!"];
> Quit[]
>
> Of course there are other ways to extract the origcode, when testing you
> might look at OwnValues[$Epilog] before and after evaluating the above
> expression...
>
> hth,
>
> albert

Thanks for your reply! The missing piece that I needed was
OwnValues[]. I found DownValues[], but OwnValues[] is missing from
both the Built-in Functions section and the Master Index in the Help
Browser.



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