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Re: Installing package documentation

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  • Subject: [mg91452] Re: Installing package documentation
  • From: John Jowett <John.M.Jowett at>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 03:12:36 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <g8j83e$6ve$> <g8je69$a4t$>

Thanks, yes, I do know.  But I have other packages installed in the
"usual" locations (and my colleagues probably have too).  This common
directory is a supplement to those.


On Aug 21, 11:57 am, Albert Retey <a... at> wrote:
> John Jowett wrote:
> > Hello,
> >      While learning how to get documentation for my own packages =
> > show up in the Mathematica 6 Documentation Center,  I came across
> > something that may puzzle other people. Perhaps it's worth a posting:
> > Although I prepared the documentation of the package complete with
> > pacletinfo.m file, etc., I found that it did now show up in the
> > "Installed Add0Ons" page of the Documentation Center.  This turned ou=
> > to be because I installed the packages, not in $BaseDirectory/
> > Applications or  $UserBaseDirectory/Applications, but in another
> > directory that is prepended to the value of $Path on kernel startup
> > (by my kernel init.m file).   I do this because I share the packages
> > with colleagues and it saves them the trouble of re-installing when I
> > make small updates (one can discuss whether this is good practice or
> > not ...).
> > Anyway, it turns out that there is a global option for the Front End
> > called AddOnHelpPath that seems to control the path searched.  Howeve=
> > its help page says
> > "This function has not been fully integrated into the long-term
> > Mathematica system, and is subject to change"
> > So now I am trying to decide whether to tell my colleagues to change
> > this or to switch to distributing packages for them to install on
> > their own computers.
> > John Jowett
> Do you know about the environment variables MATHEMATICA_BASE and
> MATHEMATICA_USERBASE which can be set on most (all?) platforms? It might
> be an alternative to changing the various $*Path variables at the right
> places... Of course your colleages would need to change that variable or
> use a special start-script for mathematica which sets that variable.
> hth,
> albert- Hide quoted text -
> - Show quoted text -

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