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Filename as Function Argument


I was trying to implement a function in which a file name was passed as
an argument for the function in Mathmatica 3.0.  Within the function,
then, I want to use the argument in a function call to ReadList[] to
read in data from the specified file and process it.  I tried doing this
and the function will never "compile" (not sure what the Mathematica
term is for this), it reports an error with the ReadList function.  I
also would like to do something similar with SetDirectory[] where a
directory name is passed in as a function argument.  Any help would be
appreciated.

Thanks in Advance,
Aaron


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