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Re: FrontEnd and bash automatization

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  • Subject: [mg109638] Re: FrontEnd and bash automatization
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Sun, 9 May 2010 07:50:44 -0400 (EDT)
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Arturas Acus wrote:
> Dear group,
> I have a large collection of notebooks I want to run in Mathematica FrontEnd authomatically.
> math < in > out solution is not applicable, because Notebooks contains commands like NotebookCreate[], etc..
> I tried JLink solution,  something like 
> Needs["JLink`"]; $FrontEndLaunchCommand="mathematica -matlink -display :1 -nogui"; ConnectToFrontEnd[]
> Unfortunatelly, thought I can use commands like Plot*, it do not allow open notebooks in the connected FrontEnd.
> The only way I found  to execute notebook in Mathematica FrontEnd authomatically is to set all notebook cells as initialization cells, then    
> set the following options in the init.m file
> AutoOpenNotebooks->{"/home/acus/test.nb"},
> InitializationCellEvaluation->True,
> InitializationCellWarning->False
> But this solution has drawback is that I have to execute different notebooks. Probably it could be solved creating some master notebook, which 
> consequently opens and executes other notebooks.
> But may be somebody could suggest better way? Thanks in advance.
> Sincerely, 
It would be easy to create a script of things you needed to do as a .m 
file. Such a file is much easier to execute automatically (with Get) and 
because it is a simple text file, it could even be partially constructed 
in a bash script. It could also use the Environment[] function for even 
greater flexibility. The leaves the little matter of starting the whole 
thing by command.

There is a function UseFrontEnd which you can wrap around a sequence of 
operations that need the FE, and then execute the whole thing as input 
to Math. I executed the following using Math:



In[1]:= NotebookObject[<<Untitled-1>>]

This may do exactly what you want, but I would caution slightly that 
this is the sort of area in which Mathematica bugs seem to reside - so 
test it well with the kind of operation you want to do before committing 
to it!

David Bailey

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