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Re: Calling Install[] from packages

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  • Subject: [mg39942] Re: Calling Install[] from packages
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 03:00:07 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
  • References: <b4mnor$im6$>
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  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

"Lawrence A. Walker Jr." wrote:

before you install the link, look in Links[] if the
program is already installed. Here is an example
my digital image processing tools need a MathLink program
dip32.exe, it is somewhere in the $Path, in the
DigitalImages/Binaries/$SystemID folder and on all machines
it has the name dip32.exe (SGI, Linux, Windows, MacOS X)

$mlbinpath = {"DigitalImages", "Binaries", $SystemID};
$mlbinary = "dip32.exe"

$diplink=FileNames[$mlbinary, ToFileName[Prepend[$mlbinpath, #]] & /@
dip::nolink="Can't find \"dip32.exe\". Some functions may not work.";

(* if dip32.exe is not in Links[] *)
If[!(Or @@ (StringMatchQ[First[#], "*dip32.exe"] & /@ Links[])), (*
Than  try to Intall[] it *)
  If[{}===$diplink, (* no dip32 at all *)
    Message[dip::nolink], (* else install the ML program *)


> Hi group:
> Todd Gayley's Mathlink tutorial is very helpful.  Mr. Gayley has
> explained the advantages and disadvantages of either (1) package code
> de-embedded in external (Mathlink'd) programs, or (2) calling external
> programs from within the package (*.m).
> I chose the latter in my present project.  I have encountered a
> situation when package A runs package B via the Need[] command. Package
> B then links to the external program C.  Since package B is ran
> automatically, a user could attempt to run package B again.  The context
> handling functions appears to work ok in this case. However, a duplicate
> link of the external program is setup.  In other words, Install[] is ran
> again.  I desire that package B test to see if a link to the external
> program is already set up.  If it is then don't install the external
> program.
> Does anyone know of a way to handle the situation so that external
> programs are linked to as needed?
> Thanks,
> Lawrence
> --
> Lawrence A. Walker Jr.

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