In the output of a script that calls Mathematica I would like to be able to differentiate lines printed by mathematica from lines printed by something else. I thought of prefacing lines printed by Mathematica with for example "m:". Is this possible?

  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean that you want to change how Print behaves without having to change the code that uses Print? $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Jan 12, 2023 at 13:22
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. Exactly. I just want to change Print and not change any other part of the code. $\endgroup$
    – Kvothe
    Jan 12, 2023 at 13:24
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    $\begingroup$ Have you tried using the Villegas-Gayley trick to override Print? $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Jan 12, 2023 at 13:40

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As suggested by Szabolcs, I used the Villegas-Gayley method




This works well. Ideally I could do the same also for warning messages but I haven't quite figured out yet what the appropriate change would be to Message.

  • $\begingroup$ Just a small comment: you don't need result, just write Print["|m:>", args, "<:m|"];. $\endgroup$
    – Domen
    Jan 16, 2023 at 15:41
  • $\begingroup$ Of course you are right. Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – Kvothe
    Jan 16, 2023 at 15:42

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