Re: Re: Command to get a notebook's directory?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg23011] Re: [mg22978] Re: [mg22927] Command to get a notebook's directory?*From*: "Jordan Rosenthal" <jr at ece.gatech.edu>*Date*: Tue, 11 Apr 2000 23:18:29 -0400 (EDT)*Organization*: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA, USA*References*: <8crruh$1vt@smc.vnet.net>*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

John, Thanks for the clear explanation. In light of your comments, I will stick to using NotebookInformation (and I'll never wind up using it in an unsaved notebook so that is not a problem for me.) Thanks, Jordan "John Fultz" <jfultz at wolfram.com> wrote in message news:8crruh$1vt at smc.vnet.net... > Yes, an approach using NotebookDirectory is incorrect and would cause > bugs with certain usage patterns. > > NotebookDirectory gets a global option in the front end. This global > option is set every time you use the File->Open... command to open > a notebook and happens to be set to the directory to which you last > opened (or saved using Save As...) a notebook file. This, however, is > not necessarily the same thing as the directory in which a particular > notebook exists. > > Example... > You open up c:\dir1\notebook1.nb using File->Open... > NotebookDirectory will be set to c:\dir1 > You open up c:\dir2\notebook2.nb using File->Open... > NotebookDirectory will be set to c:\dir2 > > Now, you want to know the notebook that notebook1.nb (still open) resides > in. You can only get that information via NotebookInformation. > > Note that you can also open up a notebook in such a way as to not even > set the NotebookDirectory option. For example, if you open a notebook > in the File->Notebooks menu (which records recently opened notebooks), > the NotebookDirectory option will not be set. > > Now, on the other hand, you have to keep in mind that > NotebookInformation[] will not always return a "FileName" option. It will > only do so if the notebook has been given a name (i.e. saved to disk). > If you evaluate NotebookInformation[] in a new notebook, no "FileName" > option will be returned. > > Sincerely, > > John Fultz > jfultz at wolfram.com > User Interface Group > Wolfram Research, Inc. > > > > Adalbert/John, > > > > Thanks to both of you for your reply. Between the time I wrote my message > > and the time you replied I also (after quite a bit of time!) came up with > > the following > > > > ToFileName[ NotebookDirectory /. Options[$FrontEnd, > > NotebookDirectory][[1]] ] > > > > Since you both used the NotebookInformation[] function, I am wondering if > > there is any reason my approach may be buggy. Is there any hidden problems > > in doing it my way? > > > > Thanks, > > > > Jordan > > > > "Adalbert Hanssen" <hanssen at zeiss.de> wrote in message > > news:8ck0rd$g59 at smc.vnet.net... > > > Hi, > > > > > > according to [mg20941], the solution is > > > > > > ToFileName[First["FileName" /. > > > NotebookInformation[EvaluationNotebook[]] > > > ] /. $RootDirectory->"" > > > ] > > > > > > greetings > > > > > > Adalbert > > > > > > > > > > >