Re: Documentation Center (Mathematica Help) problem and solution
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- Subject: [mg80365] Re: Documentation Center (Mathematica Help) problem and solution
- From: Chris Chiasson <chris.chiasson at gmail.com>
- Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 03:35:43 -0400 (EDT)
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On Aug 18, 4:47 am, dr DanW <dmaxwar... at gmail.com> wrote: > I have had a lot of problems with Documentation Center in Mathematica > 6 (the local version, not the online). If I type in a function name > that is not a literal match (ie, evaluate instead of Evaluate), > nothing would happen. Worse, occasionally I would open the > Documentation Center and crash the kernel and front end, losing all my > work since the last save. > > I was not a happy consumer. > > I finally tracked down the cause and a solution. I love the package > CleanSlate because it lets me have a clean run of my working notebook > without worrying about previously set values, and it is quicker than > quitting and restarting the kernel. I have the statement > CleanSlate[Verbose->False]; at the start of almost every notebook I > work on. > > Therein lies the problem. CleanSlate wipes out just about every > context in the $ContextPath, including one called PacletManager`, > which apparently controls the search engine. I have created the > following function to put in a autoloaded package (or init.m) > > SafeCleanSlate[opts___? > OptionQ]:=CleanSlateExcept["PacletManager`",opts,Verbose->False] > > Now I put SafeCleanSlate; at the top of all my notebooks, and I am > now much happier with the new help system, although I do still miss > the old one... It reminds me of what Brian Hook said (I think it was him, anyway): What you really wanted, instead of a new girlfriend, was your old girlfriend with a new dress and a makeover.