I have some rather long output from a notebook I run on a remote server. There is a time limit on processes so I typically do NotebookSave[] after any important result. However, some of these results are truncated. I would like to force these (and only these) results to be fully expanded before the notebook saves.

I am aware of the Short command and the option in preferences to define the maximum byte size of output. However, I really do not know how large (in bytes or lines) the output is going to be. (Yes, I could experiment but it seems like there should be an easier way.) I tried Short[%,Infinity] but that didn't work. Any thoughts?

  • $\begingroup$ I think they are just displayed truncated, but the data is there. It's hard to say without more details. Also I think you mean Short instead of Small. $\endgroup$ – Ajasja May 18 '12 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, and perhaps it would be better to save the data to a file using Export or DumpSave or similar. $\endgroup$ – Ajasja May 18 '12 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ Indeed, Export like so may work for you. $\endgroup$ – Sjoerd C. de Vries May 18 '12 at 19:25
  • $\begingroup$ Couldn't you just set the preference setting to, say, 75% of your free memory? $\endgroup$ – Sjoerd C. de Vries May 18 '12 at 19:45
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    $\begingroup$ First, once the kernel quits the hidden data is gone. I too thought it was the FrontEnd just not displaying it all. However, once you quit the kernel you cannot "Show Full Output". Yes, I did mean Short (not sure why I was thinking Small). I could increase the maximum bytes to display but then it's easy to hang the FrontEnd making it try to display something massive. I considered exporting the data but there are multiple results per notebook and I wanted to keep them bundled. Looks like Print is probably what I want. $\endgroup$ – EricMock May 18 '12 at 22:35

I recommend that you export your data to a file. But having said that, I think that a normal Print will have the same effect as the hypothetical Short[%,Infinity].

For example

(*generate some data*)
data = RandomReal[{-1, 1}, 10^4];
(*This will display truncated*)
(*So will this*)
Short[data, 100]
(*This will display all the data*)

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