Exit a procedure

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return(x) terminates the execution of a procedure and returns x.

Usually, MuPAD® ends a procedure when all statements of the procedure body were processed. In this case, the return value of the procedure is the result of the last statement that was executed.

Alternatively, the call return(x) inside a procedure leads to immediate exit from the procedure: x is evaluated and becomes the return value of the procedure. Execution proceeds after the point where the procedure was invoked.

x may be an expression sequence, i.e., calls such as return(x1, x2, ...) are allowed.

return() returns the void object of type DOM_NULL.

Note that return is a function, not a keyword. A statement such as return x; works in the programming language C, but causes a syntax error in MuPAD.

If called outside a procedure, return(x) just returns x.


Example 1

This example shows the implementation of a maximum function (which, in contrast to the system function max, accepts only two arguments). If x is larger than y, the value of x is returned and the execution of the procedure mymax stops. Otherwise, return(x) is not called. Consequently, y is the last evaluated object defining the return value:

mymax := proc(x : Type::Real, y : Type::Real)
   if x > y then
mymax(3, 2), mymax(4, 5)

delete mymax:

Example 2

return() returns the void object:

f := x -> return(): type(f(anything))

delete f:

Example 3

If return is called on the interactive level, the evaluated arguments are returned:

x := 1: return(x, y)

delete x:



Any MuPAD object

Return Values


See Also

MuPAD Domains

MuPAD Functions