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Loading packages w/o write access

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  • Subject: [mg4473] Loading packages w/o write access
  • From: Ruby Tuesday <hopie at>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Jul 1996 02:37:26 -0400
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I am running mathematica on a multi-user unix machine (Sun and HP - account
on both).  I need to load several packages that are not in the /Packages
directory.  Since I do not have write access to that directory (and the
admins are to slow to add it in time), I was wondering how to load the
package from my home dir?

I have tried changing the working diretory, but it doesn't seem to stay
changed - even placing it in the same cell as my Get.  The closest I
have come in executing Get["/my/home/dir/PackageName.m"] but it didn't 
allow me to use the commands; it just didn't give an error either.

Also, could someone explain how to interpret <<Graphis`PackageName`?  I
am thinking Graphics is the subdirectory under packages, but then it
would seem I could do <<my/home/dir`Package` which doesn't work.  I even
tried changing the line in the package that says "Graphics`PackageName` to
many differnt things.  Well, to make a long stroy short, I spent about 5 
hours yesterday cursing at the computer.

The Mathematica Book suggested
reinstalling if $Path was not correct, since $Path was where it looked for
packages.  This is not an option.  Is there a .rc file I could change?
Is there any hope for me loading these packages or should I just go to the
computer lab?

Thank you very much!
Hope :)


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