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Topic: original meaning of System` functions
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Re: original meaning of System` functions
Posted: Jan 6, 2011 2:06 AM
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True, it looks impossible, but maybe there is still a way to get
System`ClearAll in its original Mathematica meaning. I simply want to
get access to the builtin behaviour of the "function". Possible or

Note, I am not asking for user-defined functions, but rather for
modified system-defined constructs. Deep inside the Mathematica kernel,
the original meaning must have been hardcoded. How to access that?


On 01/05/2011 01:12 PM, Leonid Shifrin wrote:
> Hi,
> Since you both Protected and Locked these commands, it looks like you
> made all the steps to ensure that their definitions can not be altered
> in the same session, and thus their original definitions can not be
> inspected or used (at least AFAIK). Given the nature of these commands,
> I wonder whether this confirmation of impossibility to undo these
> changes was what you were actually after :)
> Regards,
> Leonid
> On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 3:51 PM, hemmecke <
> <>> wrote:
> Is there any way to call the original Mathematica behaviour of a
> function from the System context in case it has previously been
> unprotected and redefined?
> For example, how can I access the original meaning of ClearAll after
> Unprotect[ClearAll,Clear]; ClearAll[__]:=True;Clear[__]:=True;
> ?
> I just temporarily (i.e. in some safe environment) want to access the
> system defined meaning, but actually don't want to undo any modified
> behaviour.
> Ralf
> In[1]:= Unprotect[ClearAll,Clear]; ClearAll[__]:=True;Clear[__]:=True;
> In[2]:= SetAttributes[ClearAll,{Protected, Locked}]
> In[3]:= SetAttributes[Clear,{Protected, Locked}]
> In[4]:= a[x_]:=x^3
> In[5]:= ClearAll[a]
> Out[5]= True
> In[6]:= ClearAll[ClearAll]
> Out[6]= True
> In[7]:= System`ClearAll[a]
> Out[7]= True
> In[8]:= ??a
> Global`a
> a[x_] := x^3

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