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There are two things you need to know: (1.) Mathematica knows about symbols, even if you only mention them: This means that in this simple example 1 /. myVar_Integer :> 0 where myVar is only a placeholder (a named pattern) or like you call it a dummy, Mathematica still sees this symbol and adds it to its symbol table Names["Global`*"] (* {"myVar"} *) ...


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I was just digging around one day and I found appropriate function for this. FrontEndExecute@FrontEnd`Private`GetUpdatedSymbolContexts[]; will help if you read a package or clear symbols from different place than the notebook interface. CreatePalette[ Button["Clear", Clear["Global`*"]; FrontEndExecute@FrontEnd`Private`GetUpdatedSymbolContexts[]; ...


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It is a matter of having the right $ContextPath at the time n is referenced. This is slightly complicated by the fact that contexts are interpreted at parse time, so typical tricks such as Block do not work. The behavior of Begin and BeginPackage are also different with respect to $ContextPath, but this is all discussed in the documentation, so I will let ...



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