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Mathematica System Program


math options
starts the Mathematica kernel on Unix and Linux.
  • math runs the stand-alone Mathematica kernel. To access the full Mathematica system including the notebook interface, use mathematica.
  • A stand-alone kernel session normally reads input from stdin (typically a keyboard), evaluates the expression, and prints the results to stdout (typically a display device). Input and output can be redirected using Mathematica commands or standard shell mechanisms.
  • The following command-line options can be given:
-mathlinkcommunicate only via MathLink
-initfile "file"execute the commands in the initialization file file during startup
-lmverboseprint information about interactions with MathLM
-noinitdo not read any initialization files
-password "pw"use the password pw
-pwfile "file"read passwords from file
-run cmdrun cmd on startup
-nopromptdo not print banner or In/Out prompts (useful for batch input)
  • If no command-line options are given, the kernel will read the value of the environment variable MATHKERNELINIT and will use that value as though it had been entered on the command line.
  • Unless the Mathematica variable $IgnoreEOF is set to True, the kernel will exit when it receives an end-of-file character sequence. The kernel will always exit when given the command Quit.