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Re: How to *really* remove a symbol?

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  • From: Leonid Shifrin <lshifr at>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2010 06:21:47 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Yaroslav,

I can not reproduce the behavior you report. M7.0, Win Xp. Once the symbol
is removed,
OwnValues[symbol] always returns an empty list. In fact, I never heard of
anything different. One
problematic case is when there remain symbols whose definitions contained
the removed
symbol - it is then changed to Removed[symbol] in those, but you seem to be
about something else.

May be you could provide an exact sequence of inputs which lead to the
behavior you observed?


On Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 11:59 AM, Yaroslav Bulatov <yaroslavvb at>wrote:

> I occasionally run into a situation where a symbol refuses to get
> removed. For instance I can do the following
> ClearAll[appPlot];
> Clear[appPlot];
> Remove[appPlot];
> Information[appPlot];
> OwnValues[appPlot]
> and it displays {}, and "Information" reports nothing for that symbol.
> But then if I issue "OwnValues[appPlot]" in the next cell, it gets
> initialized to some value I used for it before and I get
> {HoldPattern[appPlot] :> ....
> So far the only thing I found that fixes this is restarting the
> kernel. Is there any other way of removing this symbol?
> I'm on Mathematica 7.0.0 for MacOS

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