Does Mathematica provide any way to print text to the terminal without a newline at the end when running in command line mode? There are many workarounds with the notebook interface, but this question is specifically about the command line.

I would like to use this for more detailed progress monitoring on a headless machine. The only solution I could think of so far is using LibraryLink to do the printing, which isn't that bad actually as I do already have a LibraryLink component in this program.

To sum up, I want a print function so that

Do[Pause[1]; print["."], {5}]



in a terminal session and the dots appear gradually.


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It seems my question was premature. This can be done by writing to stdout using WriteString.

Notice that stdout is open as a stream:

In[13]:= Streams[]                                                              
Out[13]= {OutputStream[stdout, 1], OutputStream[stderr, 2]}

We can simply use

Do[WriteString[OutputStream["stdout",1] ,"."], {5}]

This works on OS X and Linux. I haven't tried on Windows.

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    $\begingroup$ Works on Windows too. $\endgroup$
    – user31159
    Sep 15, 2016 at 12:16

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