Re: path problem

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg32430] Re: path problem*From*: "Allan Hayes" <hay at haystack.demon.co.uk>*Date*: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 19:03:31 -0500 (EST)*References*: <a28bjs$h51$1@smc.vnet.net> <a2b3j6$lh5$1@smc.vnet.net>*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Brian, Has this any advantage for your purpose over menu>Input>Get File Path ? -- Allan --------------------- Allan Hayes Mathematica Training and Consulting Leicester UK www.haystack.demon.co.uk hay at haystack.demon.co.uk Voice: +44 (0)116 271 4198 Fax: +44 (0)870 164 0565 "Brian Higgins" <bghiggins at ucdavis.edu> wrote in message news:a2b3j6$lh5$1 at smc.vnet.net... > You can use SetDirectory. But of course you still have to give the > path. A method that I find very useful especially if I am working with > different operating systems is to use the experimental function called > FileBrowse:. Suppose I have a notebook open and I need to read some > data from a file buried deep in one of my folders. I type in and > evaluate > > Experimental`FileBrowse[False] > > You are then present with a dialog box that allows you to browse for a > file. Once you have found the file select Open and a string > representing the path to that file is pasted into the Notebook. I can > then copy that string into the required function e.g. Get or Read etc. > If I want to set the directory for a particular file I can paste the > path with the file name deleted into SetDirectory. > > I find this function very handy and helpful for teaching students to > read files into Mathematica no matter what operating system they are > familiar with. > > Cheers, > > Brian > > > > > > isLi-Xin Li <lli at fas.harvard.edu> wrote in message news:<a28bjs$h51$1 at smc.vnet.net>... > > 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 >