Re: Executing a Notebook and saving the modified Notebook - all without the GUI

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg125151] Re: Executing a Notebook and saving the modified Notebook - all without the GUI*From*: John Fultz <jfultz at wolfram.com>*Date*: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 01:52:34 -0500 (EST)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com*Reply-to*: jfultz at wolfram.com

NotebookEvaluate with the InsertResults->True option would be an ideal solution, except that it doesn't presently work from a standalone kernel. I might be able to come up with some Mathematica code which would fix (mostly) the problem in 8.0.4 if there's interest (yes, we're fixing this problem in a future release). Let me know. I'm afraid it's very unlikely that I could come up with a fix that would affect earlier versions. It does work perfectly when evaluated from within a front end. A note about NotebookEvaluate...even when run in a standalone kernel, it requires the ability to run an FE with UsingFrontEnd[], and therefore a windowing system to run against. This means that it can't be used from a Linux command line without an X server or a Windows/Mac box that is not logged into a user account. Sincerely, John Fultz jfultz at wolfram.com User Interface Group Wolfram Research, Inc. On Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:57:35 -0500 (EST), Arturas Acus wrote: > Dear Mundi > > Probably not exactly what you want, but may be you can use something > from below. > > First of all to run graphical Mathematica programs like Plot from > command line you need to run vnc server > > vncserver :1 > > Then You can use JLink in the following way > > ----------------- put into somefile.m -------------- > > whereIam = "/home/acus/"; > $Path = Append[$Path, whereIam]; > SetDirectory[whereIam]; > > Needs["JLink`"]; > $FrontEndLaunchCommand = "mathematica -mathlink -display :1 -nogui"; > arprisijungiau = ConnectToFrontEnd[]; > Put[arprisijungiau, "testNon.txt"] > > tempNotebookName = "test1.nb"; > grMain1 = UseFrontEnd[Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, Pi}]]; > > If[tempNotebookName =!= "EvaluationNotebook[]", If[ > (tmpNb = NotebookOpen[ToFileName[whereIam, tempNotebookName]] > ) === $Failed, SetDirectory[whereIam]; > tmpNb = CreateDocument[]; NotebookSave[tmpNb, tempNotebookName]; > SelectionMove[tmpNb, After, Notebook]; > NotebookWrite[tmpNb, > CellGroupData[ > Prepend[(Cell[{ToBoxes[#]}] & /@ > {grMain1, grErr1, grStep1, > rezults}), > Cell["Parameters {\[Lambda],\[Mu],g,a}: " <> > ToString[ > Evaluate[ > NumberForm[#, {3, 4}] & /@ N[{\[Lambda], \[Mu], ggg, aa}]]]= > , > "Subsection"]], Open]]; > NotebookSave[tmpNb]; > PutAppend[tempNotebookName]; > PutAppend[rezults, tempNotebookName]; > NotebookClose[tmpNb, Interactive -> False];, > CellPrint /@ {grMain1, grErr1, grStep1}]] > > > ------------------------------------------ > > > Then simply: > > math < ./somefile.m > outIfYouWant.txt > > > So, you need: > 1. vnc server > 2. configure to connect front end using JLink. > 3. To use UseFrontEnd[] for graphical commands and > 4. properly print cells for nice output to the notebook your are working > with. > > Of course, "simple" is not so simple. > > > Sincerely, Arturas Acus > > > Kt, 2012 02 23 05:46 -0500, C. Mundi ra=F0=EB: >> Surely there is a "simple" way to tell Mathematica from the command >> line to run a notebook and save the state of the notebook! > We would have hoped for something like "mathematica.exe --nogui= --notebook >> Test.nb" would work, especially if we embedded something like >> "NotebookSave[]; End[];" at the end of the file. >> >> We've been searching for an answer to this question for days, and none >> of the answers we've found actually solves our problem. So before you >> answer, please read my question, which I will try to make very clear >> with a very simple example at the risk of seeming pedantic. >> >> Given a Notebook file, Test.nb with a single cell >> >> In[1]:= Plot[Cos[x], {x, 0, 2 Pi}] >> >> we can open the Notebook in the front end, Evaluate the (whole) >> Notebook and get the expected Out which is a plot of a single cycle. >> We now save the notebook, using the GUI menus. We then open Test.nb >> in the front end and we see both the input expression and the output >> plot saved previously. Good. >> Now we want to do everything *without* the GUI. Let our INPUT be the >> original Test.nb file, i.e. inputs but no outputs yet. Let our RESULT >> be a modified Test.nb including the plot. We seek a sequence of batch- >> like commands which will transform our INPUT into our RESULT, viz. >> with no GUI interaction and in fact under the control of an external >> unix shell script. It is permissible for the script to cause >> mathematica to access files besides Test.nb. >> >> We need the output to be in NB form, because we need the embedded >> graphics. But we also need to evaluate the notebook in an automated, >> unattended way. >> >> At this time, solutions based on MathLink are not attractive to us. >> >> We have looked at FrontEndToken but have not yet found a way to effect >> the result we seek. We also note that some of the interesting >> FrontEndTokens -- particularly those related to Evaluate -- come with >> warnings that they are not yet fully integrated into the long-term >> plan for Mathematica. That sounds ominous. >> >> Gracias!