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Re: Quit versus Clear["Global`*"]

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  • Subject: [mg121203] Re: Quit versus Clear["Global`*"]
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnews at>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2011 17:56:55 -0400 (EDT)
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On 9/3/11 at 8:05 AM, tmatsoukas at (Themis Matsoukas) wrote:

>What is the difference between quitting the kernel and executing

Clear["Global`*"] clears things in the Global context. Clear out
other contexts, reset the history stack etc. as would occur by
quitting the kernel. For example:

In[1]:= a = 3;

In[2]:= Clear["Global`*"]

In[3]:= b = 3;

In[4]:= Quit[]

In[1]:= a = 4;

Notice the count of input cells increases after using Clear but
resets to 1 after using Quit

>Is there a command to quit the kernel, instead of selecting
>Quit/Local from there Evaluate menu?

Yes, Quit[]. See above.

It might be worth mentioning if your goal is to restore some
previous state of a session, the CleanSlate package offers more flexibility.

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