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Re: Installing AddOn

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  • Subject: [mg66890] Re: Installing AddOn
  • From: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2006 04:09:47 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
  • References: <e5miqv$l2l$1@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

john2 wrote:
> I'm pretty much a novice in Mathematica but have ventured into it 
> because I want to use a Stable Statistics Package from
> http://www.npgcable.com/~rrimmer/StableCalculation/HTMLLinks/index_4.html
> in 5.1.
> 
> I unzipped and installed the AddOn SMath in c:/Wolfram 
> Research/Mathematica/5.1/AddOns/Applications/ as instructed.  It should 
> load with the command
> <<StableDistribution`SMath`
> 
> but the file is not recognized by Mathematica which returns
> Get::noopen : Cannot open Stable distribution`SMath`
> 
> I checked with $Path and the file SMath.m is in a directory on the path. 
>   So what is the next step.  Not even sure if the file is correct as it 
> seems to be in binary, i.e. the first lines read in Notepad are
> (*!1N!*)mcm
> j<mi2X^Ue>E2FtTGjEmi2X^Ue>E2FtTGjEmi2X^Ue>E2FtTGjEmi2X^Ue>E2FtTGjEmi2X
> ^Ue>E2FtTGjEX4*4+5]HauE~i-SJ/_kQNyL<(=NQi"dYNZ'Skk425[0X&lF93l'"9_jYJ5
> BEX2=mcUTP6@oXt~$/27,yoERZ\Q'iG~ V[P]sD[MV18XdLd6`?e(YGbd}9IE<Vf^0"b&-
> l1Vh?'>"<<RZn[aq9h'{9_RApd;esXWUHHN3@DD@i?Ij"y_}d:.1dHG
> 
> which looks like pure binary to me.  Perhaps this is compiled code.
> 
> thanks in advance
> 
> 
> john
> 

Hi John,

Yes, you are right thinking that the file is encrypted. However, the
problem you faced might not come from that: I have just downloaded and
installed successfully the package after I had created a directory
called StableDistribution.

First, in Mathematica, evaluate $UserAddOnsDirectory. On my system the
evaluation returns:
C:\Documents and Settings\Jean-Marc\Application Data\Mathematica

In windows, create a directory called StableDistribution within the
Applications directory.

Then, unzip the contents of the file StableDistribution.zip in the newly
created directory.

Now, go back to Mathematica. In the menu, select Help -> Rebuild Help
Index, then open the help browser, select the tab Add-ons and Links, and
you should find the documentation of the package under the title
StableDistribution.

To use the package, evaluate Needs["StableDistribution`SMath`"] then
SVersion and you should see something like

SMath Version {2005, 3, 6}
for Mathematica 5.0 and higher
Copyright ©2002-2005

You are all set!

HTH,
Jean-Marc


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