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Re: No preferences for OSX

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  • Subject: [mg91127] Re: No preferences for OSX
  • From: Bob F <deepyogurt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2008 04:37:45 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <g7br5b$mvc$1@smc.vnet.net>

On Aug 6, 3:33 am, Franco Milicchio <franco.milicc... at gmail.com>
wrote:
> Hi everyone!
>
> I am new to Mathematica, since I just got my license from my  
> university. So, forgive if this is a recurrent topic, but in the  
> archives I didn't find anything about this problem.
>
> I copied the application and registered just fine, I tried it and the  
> kernel works. Unfortunately, the "Preferences" menu is disabled, so I  
> can't set, for example, my own color scheme.
>
> Is this a normal behavior for "university licenses"? Did you see  
> something like this in your experience?
>
> Thank you!
>
> PS. I am running OSX 10.5 and Mathematica 6.0.3.
>
> --
> Franco Milicchio <franco.milicc... at gmail.com>
>
> DiS - Dept. of Studies on Structures
> DIA - Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering
> University Roma Trehttp://www.dia.uniroma3.it/~milicchi/

You might check the permissions of the ~/Library/Mathematica/FrontEnd
directory (you should have read and write priviledges and the ~ refers
to your home directory) and also see if there is an init.m file there
that you can read and write to, although if this is a new install not
sure if the file will even be there yet, but at least the directory
should be readable and writable by you. If you want you can try to
hold down Shift and Option on the keyboard when starting Mathematica
-- CAUTION - this will recreate the init.m file in the FrontEnd
directory and if you have anything there it will be reset and gone if
you do this, so if you have anything there you may want make a spare
copy of the file before doing this. Things like the list of recently
opened notebooks, and the palettes and their positions that are opened
at startup, and kernel configurations, etc.

Does a Command+, (command or apple key and the comma at the same time)
do anything?

Good luck...

-Bob


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