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Re: NotebookPath Probe.

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  • Subject: [mg22847] Re: NotebookPath Probe.
  • From: paulh at (P.J. Hinton)
  • Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2000 02:51:08 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: "Wolfram Research, Inc."
  • References: <8c1ifc$>
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In article <8c1ifc$q7h at>,
 James Fuite and Tania Nordli <jfuite at> writes:

>         The function Options[$FrontEnd, NotebookPath], or use of the
> Option Inspector, indicates the current list of paths that Mathematica
> searches when trying to open notebooks.  It seems that, when using the
> function NotebookOpen, the notebook to be opened must fall within the
> last folder of at least one of the paths.  The function
> SetOptions[$FrontEnd,NotebookPath:->{appropriate search path or list of
> search paths}] can be used to change the value of NotebookPath, erasing
> the old value.  This seems troublesome, since, if I give a notebook that
> alters the value of NotebookPath to someone else, their $FrontEnd is
> permenantly altered.
>         My question is, from the Kernal, how can you add a new search
> path to NotebookPath while maintaining the old search paths?

What is the circumstance under which you are trying to perform a 
NotebookOpen[] operation?

If you are working with a collection of notebooks which 
reside within a specific portion of the directory tree, 
then you may not need to monkey around with NotebookPath
at all.  Instead, store the path to the top level directory 
as a string and then compute the value of the absolute path
at execution time by concatenating this top directory
string with a relative path.  NotebookOpen[] does accept
absolute paths.

P.J. Hinton
Mathematica Programming Group           paulh at
Wolfram Research, Inc.
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.

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