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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>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 03:35:43 -0400 (EDT)
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On Aug 18, 4:47 am, dr DanW <dmaxwar... at> 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.

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