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Re: Re: Re: Corrupted NB

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  • Subject: [mg14614] Re: [mg14583] Re: Re: Corrupted NB
  • From: "Kevin J. McCann" <kevinmccann at>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Nov 1998 13:46:46 -0500
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This trick seems too easy.  I have been plagued by the same corrupted
init files for a while now.  I would like to hear Wolfram support's


-----Original Message-----
From: John Sidles <sidles at> To: mathgroup at
Subject: [mg14614] [mg14583] Re: Re: Corrupted NB

>Joe Gwinn <gwinn at> wrote:
>>By the way, there is a simple trick I sometimes use oon apps that eat
>>their prefs file -- manually make a backup copy, and/or manually
>>write-lock the prefs file, so the app cannot write to its own prefs
>>file.  Most apps will tolerate this, although I haven't tried it with
>I too was among the many people pagued by repetitive Mathematica 3.0
>crashes on my Mac -- until I found the magic cure of write-locking
>Mathematica's "init.m" file in my System Preferences folder.
>This cured an incredibly irritating and recurrent problem where I had to
>contact Mathematica about once per month to reset my digital time
>It also cured a problem (perhaps related) where Mathematica set the
>default Image Bounding Box variables to illegal values, then stored
>these values in the Preferences init.m file.  Once this happened,
>crashes soon followed.
>Nowadays, if I need to change global default values, I *temporarily*
>unlock init.m, start Mathematica, change the values, then immediately
>quit Mathematica, and relock init.m before continuing.
>Problem solved!  Hope this helps people.  Maybe it will get fixed in
>version 4.0.

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