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Re: Re: init.m of FrontEnd in M5.2

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  • Subject: [mg69528] Re: [mg69448] Re: [mg69428] init.m of FrontEnd in M5.2
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 06:57:25 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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But what the regular docs don't, I believe,tell you is how to change the 
location of $UserBaseDirectory.  In Windows, at least, there are system 
environment variables you can set, in this case, MATHEMATICA_USERBASE.

By changing the default you can, for example, keep Mathematica 
configuration files in a partition completely separate from the Windows 
OS, which makes everything more granular and, to my mind, simplifies 

(I really hate the way Microsoft tried to shove so much program-related 
stuff into C:\Documents and Settings.)

The system environment variables are documented in the Mathematica 
System Administration Guide, which is accessible from the Help Browser's 
"Getting Started" tab.

Chris Chiasson wrote:
> I think it is in $UserBaseDirectory/FrontEnd/init.m
> On 9/12/06, Markus Huber <mhla at> wrote:
>> Where does M52 store the information I get with
>> Options@$FrontEnd?
>> M4 and M41 (Windows) store it in Mathematia\4.0\init.m in my user directory.
>> Information about where M42-M52 in different operating systems get this
>> info from would be helpful.
>> Regards,
>> Markus Huber

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