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4. Session control

The File menu has sections to manage the work session in Xmaxima. The `Batch file' and `Batch file silently' sections are equivalent to Maxima's commands batch and batchload, which can also be used in Xmaxima. The advantage of those two options is that they will open a dialog box that will allow you to navigate through your directories, until you find the one that you are looking for.

The `Restore Maxima State' (Alt-i) section allows you to reload the state of a Maxima session that you saved using the `Save Maxima State to File' section. The latter saves the state as a Lisp file using Maxima's save command.

The `Save Maxima Input to File' (Ctrl-a) section saves each input line as Maxima code using the Maxima stringout command. This code can be manually edited in a text editor and loaded into Xmaxima using `Batch file'.

In the menu Edit there is also an option `Save console to file' which will save the complete contents of the text window into a file. The input and output will be saved as they look on the screen, and not as they were originally written.

The option `Input prompt' (Alt-s) will repeat the last input label sent back by Maxima. That will be useful if you are working on a text that is not near the last input label and you want to move quickly to the last input.

Option `Interrupt' (Alt-g) can be used to interrupt a calculation. And the option `Restart' will end the current execution of Maxima; a new Maxima process will be invoked, so the input prompt will start again as (%i1).


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