Kernel init.m File
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- Subject: [mg47975] Kernel init.m File
- From: Harold.Noffke at wpafb.af.mil (Harold Noffke)
- Date: Tue, 4 May 2004 01:08:55 -0400 (EDT)
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
$Version "5.0 for Microsoft Windows  (November 18, 2003)"
In the ...\5.0\Configuration\Kernel\init.m file, I find the following
(** User Mathematica initialization file **)
(** Decide how to display graphics on this machine **)
(* Hide any symbols which are created *)
$Linked || $ParentLink =!= Null, <<"PSDirect.m",
Environment["DISPLAY"] =!= $Failed, <<"Motif.m",
It seems to be Wolfram's intent that all user init.m statements
(functions, blocks, modules, packages, etc.) occure BEFORE the
Begin["System`Private`"] statement. However, I'm confused over
whether user init.m statements should be confined to
...\Kernel\init.m, whether any damage would be caused by placing them
after the System`Private statements, or whether the user is permitted
to create his own init.m file in the $InstallationDirectory (the
I've read posts from other users who say they have safely used an
init.m in their 5.0 directory, but it is not clear from $Path that
5.0\init.m will be loaded at startup, because $InstallationDirectory
does not appear there.
If 5.0\ were added to $Path, it would load AFTER Kernel\init.m. Would
this put 5.0\init.m into the scope of Kernel\init.m's System`Private
statement, and produce umpredicted results?
Please help me clarify where the user's init.m statements can be
placed without causing damage or unpredicted results.
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