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Re: How do you set up third party (or your own) packages?

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  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2007 05:16:38 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Uni Leipzig
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the best way is to look in a Mathematica session what is in your
$Path. You will find some private directories. My Windows Vista
tell me
that the value of $Path is

{"C:\\Program Files\\Wolfram \
Research\\Mathematica\\6.0\\SystemFiles\\Links", \
"C:\\Users\\kuska\\AppData\\Roaming\\Mathematica\\Kernel", "C:\\Users\
\\kuska\\AppData\\Roaming\\Mathematica\\Autoload", \
"C:\\Users\\kuska\\AppData\\Roaming\\Mathematica\\Applications", \
"C:\\ProgramData\\Mathematica\\Kernel", "C:\\ProgramData\\Mathematica\
\\Autoload", "C:\\ProgramData\\Mathematica\\Applications", ".", \
"C:\\Users\\kuska", "C:\\Program Files\\Wolfram Research\\Mathematica\
\\6.0\\AddOns\\Packages", "C:\\Program Files\\Wolfram \
Research\\Mathematica\\6.0\\AddOns\\LegacyPackages", "C:\\Program \
Files\\Wolfram Research\\Mathematica\\6.0\\SystemFiles\\Autoload", \
"C:\\Program Files\\Wolfram \
Research\\Mathematica\\6.0\\AddOns\\Autoload", "C:\\Program \
Files\\Wolfram Research\\Mathematica\\6.0\\AddOns\\Applications", "C:\
\\Program Files\\Wolfram \
Research\\Mathematica\\6.0\\AddOns\\ExtraPackages", "C:\\Program \
Files\\Wolfram \
Research\\Mathematica\\6.0\\SystemFiles\\Kernel\\Packages", \
"C:\\Program Files\\Wolfram Research\\Mathematica\\6.0\\Documentation\

and the

are good candidates to place the package in ...
For a package with the context MathWorld`PlaneGeometry`

you should place it in an directory MathWorld
and name the file PlaneGeometry.m

and finaly don't forget the last  back quote ` because
it stand for the extension .m in the file name.


Daniel Flatin wrote:
> I am asking this question in all humility on the theory that there is
> no stupid question in this forum. My apologies if this is not the case:
> How do I use third party packages, or my own for that matter? For a
> specific case, I have downloaded some files from
> and the set of version 6 MathWorldPackages. I want to load
> PlaneGeometry.m which in turn has a dependency on
> KimberlingCoordinates.m. In my effort to successfully execute the line:
> << MathWorld`PlaneGeometry
> I have tried putting selected packages in
> ~/Libraries/Mathematica/Applications. I have tried modifying $Path using
> AppendTo[$Path, =E2=80=A8 ToFileName[{$HomeDirectory, "Documents",
> "MathematicaFiles", "MathWorld", =E2=80=A8   "MathWorldPackages"}]]
> Neither solution works. The only thing that has proven to work is using
> Get[] with the full path name to the file, but this isn't the standard
> approach. What doesn't seem to be working for me is adding the
> appropriate path to the list of search paths Mathematica uses,
> presumably $Path.
> Thanks in advance,
> Dan

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