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pause mode, invoke keyboard


Switch to the pause mode; inserted in the code of a function, pause interrupts the execution of the function: one receives a prompt symbol which indicates the level of the pause (e.g. -1->). The user is then in a new workspace in which all the lower-level variables (and in particular all the variable of the function) are available. To return to the calling workspace enter return.

In this mode, [...]=return(...) returns the variables of the argument (...) to the calling workspace with names in the output [...]. Otherwise, the lower-level variables are protected and cannot be modified.

The pause is extremely useful for debugging purposes.

This mode is killed by the command abort.


function c=foo(b)
disp("Thanks to the pause, you can investigate if ''a'' has the right value");
disp("Value can be changed too if needed.");


See also

  • halt — stop execution
  • return — return or resume execution and copy some local variables
  • abort — interrupt evaluation.
  • quit — Terminates Scilab or decreases the pause level
  • whereami — display current instruction calling tree
  • where — get current instruction calling tree
  • sleep — suspend all code executions (console, scripts, callbacks,..)
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