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Re: PrintTemporary

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  • Subject: [mg93126] Re: PrintTemporary
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2008 03:14:18 -0500 (EST)
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Hannes Kessler wrote:
> Hello all,
> PrintTemporary[..] messages which are in fact notebook interface
> objects are not found by Cases[Notebooks[], _NotebookInterfaceObject].
> I would like to remove all of them at certain points as too many
> temporary messages are generated during the evaluation of several
> packages.
> Of course, it would be possible to code
> temporaryMessages = {};
> ...
> AppendTo[temporaryMessages, PrintTemporary["text 1"];
> ...
> AppendTo[temporaryMessages, PrintTemporary["text 2"];
> ...
> NotebookDelete  /@  temporaryMessages
> But unfortunately I was too lazy to do that when I wrote the packages.
> Is there another possibility ?
> Best regards,
> Hannes Kessler
The idea of PrintTemporary is, of course to print information that 
vanishes when an evaluation completes - typically some sort of progress 
information. The whole idea is that you don't have to clean the 
information out of your notebook!

 From what you have written, I wonder if your package is, in effect 
executing something equivalent to:


This would print the temporary message and also produce a 
NotebookInterfaceObject[...]. The temporary messages would vanish after 
execution but the NotebookInterfaceObject's will remain. Make sure that 
each call to PrintTemporary in your package is followed by a semicolon.

David Bailey

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