Coyote's Guide to IDL Programming

Control Characters Leak Out of Editor

QUESTION: Yikes! I have an IDL program that takes 15-20 minutes to run. While it is running, I try to get a little work done by editing a completely different file in the IDL 7.0.3 Workbench editor. But if I use any control characters, such as a CNTL-C/CNTL-V combination for cut-and-paste, the CNTL-C interrupts my running IDL program! That can't be right. Is the IDL Workbench suppose to act like this?

ANSWER: No, it is not suppose to act like this. I've been assured by IDL technical support that this is a bug and has been logged as such. Hopefully, it will be fixed in an updated version of the IDL 7.0.3 Workbench editor.

Meanwhile, go get a cup of coffee while your program is running. You deserve it, and your boss won't mind.

Version of IDL used to prepare this article: IDL 7.0.3.

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