path problem

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg32394] path problem*From*: Li-Xin Li <lli at fas.harvard.edu>*Date*: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 00:17:41 -0500 (EST)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Hi, I have just installed a mathematica 4.1 on my PC under dos/windows. When I try to run a program, it turns out that mathematica cannot find the files in the current directory (the . directory). When I check the $Path from mathematica, I find that "." is in the list of paths. Could somebody teach me why mathematica cannot find the file in the directory (e.g., when I try "<<a.m" mathematica told me "Cannot open the file") and how to fix it? Do I have to type the long string for the path of the file each time? Is there a way to configure mathematica so that it can find files in the current directory? Thanks, L.X.Li