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[an error occurred while processing this directive] $Failed

  • $Failed is a special symbol returned by certain functions when they cannot do what they were asked to do.
  • Get returns $Failed when it cannot find the file or other object that was specified.
  • See the Mathematica book: Section 2.11.1.

    Further Examples

    The file missing does not exist in the current path, and so Get fails to find it.

    In[1]:=

    Get::noopen: Cannot open missing.

    Out[1]=