Mathematica 11.2 features a new built-in symbol in the Global` context:


What does it do, and how do I use it?

I tried setting Global`$UseTextSearchQ to different values, but I didn't understand how it works.

It apparently has some underlying code according to PrintDefinitions:

<< GeneralUtilities`
Global`$UseTextSearchQ[___][___] := <<kernel function>>;
  • $\begingroup$ As Szabolcs says in his answer, it's a bug, and I have tagged it as such. $\endgroup$ – m_goldberg Nov 27 '17 at 8:41
  • $\begingroup$ I have claimed it here $\endgroup$ – yode Nov 27 '17 at 9:12

It's a bug. There should be no symbols in Global` at startup.

PrintDefinitions saying that it has a definition is also a bug. In this version it claims that every single symbol has a builtin subvalue.

  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, but every release seems to come with some symbols defined in the Global context at start-up. Different ones in each new release. Perhaps WRI pre-release testing should add a test for this. $\endgroup$ – m_goldberg Nov 27 '17 at 0:27
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    $\begingroup$ @m_goldberg I've reported bugs like this multiple times ... it's strange they haven't added an automated test for it yet. $\endgroup$ – Szabolcs Nov 27 '17 at 8:35
  • $\begingroup$ V11.1.1 starts up with a clean Global context -- kind of makes it stand out among recent releases. $\endgroup$ – m_goldberg Nov 27 '17 at 8:51
  • $\begingroup$ I have claimed it here $\endgroup$ – yode Nov 27 '17 at 9:11

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