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$Path Management.


$Version "5.0 for Microsoft Windows [2000] (November 18, 2003)"

MathGroup:

Does Mathematica dynamically rearrange its $Path path strings without
user knowledge?  I recorded a copy of $Path when I installed
Mathematica 5.0.1, but what I have now is not what I had then.  There
is one new path to $TopDirectory\SystemFiles\Graphics\Packages which
got added, and another one to
$TopDirectory\AddOns\ExtraPackages\Utilities which was deleted.  Also,
the order of the last four path strings is different from what it was
at installation time.

Could a crash (a hung Kernel which I could not stop) have produced
these results?  Or is a hung FrontEnd responsible for $Path
mismanagement at abort time?

Is $Path automatically altered when a Context file is loaded?

To change $Path's order of path strings, is there a way to do this
other than rebuilding $Path in the Kernel (User) init.m file?

Regards,
Harold


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