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Re: Installing AddOn

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  • Subject: [mg66915] Re: Installing AddOn
  • From: john2 <john at>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Jun 2006 03:26:28 -0400 (EDT)
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Jean-Marc Gulliet wrote:
> 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
>>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
>>but the file is not recognized by Mathematica which returns
>>Get::noopen : Cannot open Stable distribution`SMath`
>>I checked with $Path and the file SMath.m is in a directory on the path. 
>>  So what is the next step.  Not even sure if the file is correct as it 
>>seems to be in binary, i.e. the first lines read in Notepad are
>>BEX2=mcUTP6@oXt~$/27,yoERZ\Q'iG~ V[P]sD[MV18XdLd6`?e(YGbd}9IE<Vf^0"b&-
>>which looks like pure binary to me.  Perhaps this is compiled code.
>>thanks in advance
> 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 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

Many thanks for all the ideas from various people.   I got the package 
working at last by moving SMath.m about to various subdirectories,  but 
am still not sure exactly what I did right.   It now seems to load OK 
using the original configuration that didn't work once.

There may have been a spurious invisible control character in the file 
name or something along those lines.


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