Questions about contexts, which are used in Mathematica to organize defined symbols and avoid conflict between symbols that would otherwise have the same name. They are created when packages are loaded.

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What is the most convenient way to read definitions of in-memory symbols when we don't have the source files? (Spelunking tools)

Note: I put Simon's implementation on GitHub. Contributions welcome! When trying to read the definition of already defined (package or built-in) symbols using ...
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How to load a package without naming conflicts?

This question applies to any package, but I encountered this problem while working with graphs. There are symbols in the Combinatorica package (such as ...
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Local variables in Module leak into the Global context

From the Mathematica documentation on Module: Module allows you to set up local variables with names that are local to the module. But after using ...
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Is it possible to use Begin and End inside a Manipulate?

May be someone can explain why I can't use Begin["context`"] and End[] inside a Manipulate ...
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Context unique to each group at a specified level

Are there any new tools in v10 that might be applicable to this problem? Recent versions of Mathematica provide the option of having a unique $Context for each ...
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Why are some function names red?

I need to evaluate Needs["GraphUtilities`"] before I can use functions such as GraphPath[]. When I do so, some functions get ...
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Result about Context is inconsistent with the description of “Power Programming with Mathematica”

x = 5; temp`x = 6; Begin["temp`"] {x, Global`x, temp`x} The result in my Mathematica session is {5,5,6}, but it's ...
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How do I create and use Mathematica packages?

I have created a package following the tutorial in Mathematica 8 virtual book. However this tutorial is quite, let's call it, "short". I have a TestPackage.m file: ...
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Potential pollution of Global` context in fresh kernel

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.1 If I evaluate, with a fresh kernel Names["Global`*"] I get {"rhs", "z"} ...
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Strategies for avoiding and handling shadowing

When dealing with namespaces in Mathematica (BeginPackage, $ContextPath ...) one is unavoidably confronted with the problem of ...
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Globally loading packages while using a CellGroup as the default context

I have a notebook I wish to set up where the sections are conceptually related to each other. But, I wish to isolate them from each other programmatically, so that they do not interfere with one ...
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How to properly handle mutual imports of multiple packages?

I'm new to the mathematica platform and I am developing a simulation framework as my first exercise and have been tearing my hair figuring how to make packages interact with each other. Ill explain a ...
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How can you give a Module a context and have its local variables and Modules belong to that context?

What would be the best way to give a module its own context and have its local variables and Modules belong to that context?
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Context of localised (dynamic) symbols

When you localise a symbol with Module, the created unique symbol is usually in the current context. There seems to be an exception to this which has further ...
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How does $CellContext` work?

The only official info about $CellContext` I was able to find is: placeholder for the context of a symbol inside Dynamic ...
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Scope within Context

To define some package-wide functions/variables, what approach is recommended? I tried to use contexts with the Begin function, but this failed: ...
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Same name for functions in package and Global context

I am using a package that was written for Mathematica 3 while I am now working on Mathematica 8. I have issues with 2 functions in particular, Order and GraphComplement. They are a part of this ...
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Naming conflicts with Dummy variables in several packages conflicts

I'm using several packages in a notebook. In each packages there is functions defined with dummy variables. When I load the several packages in my session, i've got a warning message: ...
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How can I evaluate untrusted Mathematica code in a sandbox?

Is there any way to build a sandbox to evaluate untrusted Mathematica expressions in order to prevent them from having (malicious or accidental) harmful side effects? Context: I'm developing a system ...
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How to find out what files are touched when Get is called?

Is there a way to capture all package files touched whenever a package is called via Get, Needs, ...
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Creating a custom context with a Hold construct

I'm trying to create a function "InContext" to execute a piece of code inside a certain context (and to return the result of evaluating that piece of code). One approach is to place the code inside a ...
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How can I make private functions inside packages

I want to make private functions.for that purpose,I wrote the following code. BeginPackage["Test1`"] Begin["`Private`"] function1[x_]:=x End[] EndPackage[] I ...
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What are the purposes of functions in FrontEnd` context which are duplicates of those in System`?

I noticed that for notebook-related heads, there are usually a pair of same functions, one in System context, another in ...
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Importing an mx file into a context

Consider the following simple code which dumps the global context: var = 5; DumpSave["test.mx", "Global`"]; Now, in a new notebook, I would like to import var in ...
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The introduction for Context in Wagner's book is out of date? [duplicate]

In Section 8.1.1 (P230 of the book, P249 of the PDF) of Wagner's book, the following example is shown: x = 5; temp`x = 6; Begin["temp`"]; {x, Global`x} The ...
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Delete contexts from a string representation of a symbol

I want to delete the string representing the context of a symbol. For info I need such a functionality in my ShowIt function defined here I'd like to know how I ...
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Organizing similar datasets using Contexts or otherwise

I often import several long time series to analyze something about a city. When I have multiple cities, I use contexts. As a simple example, ...
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How to define UpValues in a different context from within a package

I'm trying to create a function (in a package) to import a lot of data and create a symbol with UpValues to return specific results about the data. I've got it working fine in a regular notebook, but ...
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how to make cells independent with each other in notebook

If we open DocumentationCenter and then run code, we will find that the Cells are independent from each other. For example: ...
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For any symbol, how can I get the full context-qualified name of the symbol as a string?

I'd like to have a function, whether built-in or not, that when given a symbol, whether bound to a value or not, returns a string giving the context and name of the symbol. Example: ...
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automatically add Global` to $ContextPath for all notebooks when using CellContext->Notebook

I have some definitions in my init.m. E.g. my init.m contains this: ...
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Setting individual CellContext for each notebook loses autocomplete suggestions

I'm running Mathematica 9.0.1 under OS X. In order to have separate contexts for each of my notebooks, I used the instructions in the last part of the accepted answer from the following link: Is ...