I am writing a package like this:






When I load the package, it seems that the symbol HTransR is not defined. Is there something wrong with the way that I'm assigning a value to the symbol in the package?

  • $\begingroup$ First, it should be Begin["Private`"];. Afterwards, you will find HTransR in the context "HNotation2`Private`". Unless you let appear the symbol HTransR already before Begin["Private`"];, you have to refer to it by HNotation2`Private`HTransR from outside that package. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 17:58
  • $\begingroup$ @HenrikSchumacher - I am confused by the first sentence of your comment. $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 18:04
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    $\begingroup$ but it should be Begin["`Private`"] $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 18:05
  • $\begingroup$ @JasonB. Oops. Sorry. I did not know about that possibility (good to know!). I tend to use the full context path (Begin["HNotation2 `Private`"];), but of course that is a bit redundant and error prone. Once again, sorry guys for the confusion caused by me. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 18:29

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With respect, I believe Begin["`Private`"] is acceptable, and perhaps preferable. Begin["Private`"] establishes a context "Private`". This is fine, but if two packages do that they will share that context. Begin["`Private`"] establishes context HNotation2`Private`. This will be private to this package only.

The reason HTransR appears to be undefined is that it is defined within context HNotation2`Private`, which is not on the $ContextPath -- it can be accessed by its full name as HNotation2`Private`HTranR.

If you wish it to be accessible by its short nme, you could place a usage statement for it before Begin["`Private`"], or just define it there. Then it will be in the package context, which is placed on the context path when the package is loaded.

  • $\begingroup$ @Kuba, thanks for the edit. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 19:16

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