starts the Mathematica kernel in Unix and Linux.
- runs the standalone Mathematica kernel. To access the full Mathematica system including the notebook interface, use mathematica.
- A standalone kernel session normally reads input from (typically a keyboard), evaluates the expression, and prints the results to (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:
-mathlink communicate only via MathLink -initfile "file" execute the commands in the initialization file during startup -lmverbose print information about interactions with MathLM -noinit do not read any initialization files -password "pw" use the password -pwfile "file" read passwords from -run cmd run on startup -noprompt do not print banner or In/Out prompts (useful for batch input) -script "file" execute the commands from the in a script mode
- If the -script command-line option is given, the kernel evaluates commands from the in a batch, or script, mode and then terminates.
- In a script mode the kernel prints no banner and no In or Out labels, and generates all output in InputForm, with the PageWidth option effectively set to Infinity.
- In a script mode the standard input and output are not redirected, so that the input and output can be used in a pipe with other processes.
- In a script mode, the kernel ignores the first line of the file if it starts with the characters "#!".
- If no command-line options are given, the kernel will read the value of the environment variable 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.