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(All observations made in version 7.) There seems to be a limitation for input even in the Front End (Notebook interface), in that if I enter more than 766 levels of nested lists I get a MaxFormatDepthExceeded expression and an error beep. The help text is: A box structure with a depth exceeding the maximum allowed depth was encountered. We can at ...


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What you experience here seems to be some kind of stack limit when you have nested expressions. It doesn't seem to matter whether you nest lists or function calls. Look for instance at this example here which is nothing more than a nested call f[f[f[...f[a]]..] On the other hand, if the parser doesn't need to build up such a large stack, it seems to ...


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Long, long ago, but right here and not in a galaxy far, far away, there was an operating system called MS-DOS that used the character 0x1A as an end-of-file flag. Windows inherited this in its early days. I would have thought that it was eliminated by now, but perhaps not. Mathematica is old enough that it has a system constant $IgnoreEOF. It should be True ...



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