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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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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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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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 to find the package file that stores a certain symbol?

Is it possible to figure out in what file a certain packaged symbol lives in (assuming there is no shadowing between multiple identical symbol names)? I would like to have a function that if, given a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 abbreviate context names?

It's convenient to abbreviate often-used function names, eg Dim = Dimension. Is it possible to abbreviate long context symbols, e.g. Combinatorica when the context ...
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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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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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Is there a way to find out who is importing a package?

After calling some functions, if I look into $ContextPath, I can see that JLink` is in there. Is there a way to find out what ...
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Future-proofing access to packed array tools

Most of the Mathematica users beyond beginner level will be aware of the phenomenon of Packed Arrays. The user-accessible functions related to packed arrays live in the ...
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Functions in a different context are replaced with infix forms of their namesake in System`

So, in an attempt to help out Fabian with his question, I did what I often do, and created a new symbol in the Pillsy` package that I could play with. Since it was ...
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Why is a symbol still found after changing its context?

It seems that we can change the context of symbols: In[1]:= x = 1 Out[1]= 1 In[2]:= Context[x] = "foo`"; But then x is still ...
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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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Functions that creates symbol in a specific context

I'm trying to make a function f that takes a symbol, a value, and a context, and creates the symbol in the requested context and assigns it the passed value. The ...
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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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Why doesn't DumpSave work for elements created within a local notebook context?

I recently noticed that when dealing with notebooks with local context, I cannot successfully DumpSave variables, or, rather, when I call ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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What is the purpose of Dump contexts?

Motivation I've been trolling through some internal code, trying to glean design practices WRI developers employ when extending Mathematica using top-level code. During my ...
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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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Does one need to be careful about loading multiple (many) contexts or packages in the same session?

I have a number of large pieces of precomputed data which I am considering putting into individual packages in order to load them (via DeclarePackage) and unload ...
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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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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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Update/refresh notebook variable color on clear

By default, Mathematica displays variable names already assigned as black while new variables are displayed in blue. When executing Clear["Global`*"], variables ...
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Package Loading: How to get rid of Needs::nocont?

I am trying to create a documentated application inside FileNameJoin[{$UserBaseDirectory, "Applications"}] I obviously dont fully understand the concept of the ...
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How is CellContext->CellGroup supposed to work?

After reading the documentation on the subject, I still cannot get CellContext->CellGroup to work. Here's a simple example. (Unfortunately, I cannot easily ...
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FeynCalc “May shadow or be shadowed by other definitions”

So I've downloaded the latest FeynCalc from this site and put the extracted folder in user/me/library/Mathematica/application, but when I write the command ...
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Copying a symbol using a subpackage

In this question, there is a beautiful method to copy a symbol. However, i'm not able to use it as an addon to my package. So the main question is How to rename/copy a function defined in a ...
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Variable not assigned to correct Context [duplicate]

I am trying to understand Mathematica's Context, but I do not understand why the short name of the variable defined in the temp` context (x) returns the Global definition. I am following the section ...
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Using packages with symbols that have the same name

Let us suppose we have two packages: A and B. ...
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Setting the context automatically based on section

Suppose I have a task that keeps things organized using contexts, so: ...
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Rewriting symbol context?

I have some code that uses a list of replacement rules to inject values (physical constants for different materials) into a more complicated expression. This is convenient since I can tweak the values ...
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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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ContextPath and autocompletion with subpackages

I'm developing a larger package which includes several subpackages. My problem is, that I can't introduce the symbols in the subpackages to the autocompletion by loading the main package, but by ...
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Contexts after Cell Grouping

I'm trying to separate my document into cell groups, each with their own context (much like the style of code isolation described by the answer here: Localizing variables within a Manipulate), but the ...
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Cross referencing symbols in different packages [duplicate]

I have problems with name space shadowing which I do not know how to resolve. I have two packages which depend on each other. Here is example of two files fooPackage.m: ...