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managing version 6 in a locked-down environment

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  • Subject: [mg78377] managing version 6 in a locked-down environment
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 05:51:49 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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This is to ask whether anyone "out there", or anybody at WRI, has had 
experience with, or insights about, managing a Mathematica 6.0 
installation on a multiple-machine environment, such as in a college 
computer lab, where things are very tightly controlled?

I have in mind the sort of environment where, for reasons of security, 
write permission is only rarely allowed except for temporary, scratch 
files in specified directories, and where any change to the program's 
system files must be done first on a master disk image and then mirrored 
to the individual machines.  And in particular where such disk 
re-imaging is only done, say, once per semester except in case of dire need.

What I'm concerned about is paclet updates, of course.  (The issue of a 
"service pack" release 6.1 or 6.01 or whatever, is a separate issue 
that, in a situation such as ours, will likely be handled only when the 
image for the subsequent semester is created.)

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
Mathematics & Statistics Dept.
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University of Massachusetts                413 545-2859 (W)
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Amherst, MA 01003-9305

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