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Re: Managing packages in the workbench

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  • Subject: [mg108858] Re: Managing packages in the workbench
  • From: Hannes Kessler <HannesKessler at>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2010 07:45:45 -0400 (EDT)
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I was looking for such a clear statement in the Workbench help.

Best regards,
Hannes Kessler

On 1 Apr., 13:01, "David Park" <djmp... at> wrote:
> One Application ==== One Paclet ==== One Folder directly =
> $UserBaseDirectory/Applications.
> PacletInfo.m should be at the top level.
> The application may contain many packages and many documentation pages.
> It's possible that SOME of the resources for the project, such as package=
> or some ancillary documentation notebooks, perhaps for each package, coul=
> be at deeper levels within the project. You might have to set Properties,
> Project Paths. Any Guide pages should be in the standard place. But you
> could make a Guide page with hand constructed links to your own set of
> notebooks.
> Having an application with hundreds of packages in a nested structure see=
> a little dubious to me. It creates an extensive management problem.
> David Park
> djmp... at comcast.net
> From: H. Ke=DFler [mailto:kessler.han... at]
> On 28 Mrz., 11:06, David Bailey <d... at> wrote:
> > H. Ke==DFler wrote:
> > > My primary problem is that I would like to create help pages of
> > > Mathematica packages stored in directories which are not at the top
> > > level of my private Mathematica Applications directory. The Workbench
> > > creates hyperlinked help pages for such packages which work inside th=
> > > Workbench but not when exported to the corresponding subdirectory of
> > > the Mathematica Applications directory. I checked the example you
> > > provided on your homepage (
> > > m_documentation/m_documentation.html). But it seems that this example
> > > also deals with help pages for a package in a directory which is on
> > > the top level of the Mathematica Applications directory. If I am
> > > wrong, please correct me. But I would really appreciate if you can
> > > provide more details how to deal with packages in in deeper
> > > subdirectories of the Mathematica Applications directory, no matter o=
> > > using the Workbench or some other approach.
> > Although I only tested the procedure described on my website on a
> > package structured in the standard way, I think you could generalise it
> > to some extent to deal with a non-standard setup (for example, the
> > indexing procedure uses complete path names), but there is no guarantee
> > that Mathematica will not make some assumptions that prevent this worki=
> ==
> > .
> > Clearly, the best approach would be to try the process out on a toy
> > package organised in the standard way, then generalise that to a toy
> > example of your nested structure, and only then move on to your real
> > problem with some confidence that it would work!
> > David Bailey
> I've got the workbench to deploy the package files and the
> documentation to a folder 2 directory levels below $UserBaseDirectory/
> Applications. The PacletInfo file gets deployed to $UserBaseDirectory/
> Applications/dir1/dir2/PacletInfo.m, the guides notebooks to
> $UserBaseDirectory/Applications/dir1/dir2/Documentation/English/
> Guides/..., the application packages themselves to $UserBaseDirectory/
> Applications/dir1/dir2/..
> But Mathematica does not find the documentation. Perhaps it can find
> only PacletInfo.m files in $UserBaseDirectory/Applications/dir1 and
> not in deeper directory levels?
> When I open a documentation notebook manually, the links in it to
> other documentation notebooks dont' work. Such a link looks, for
> example, as "paclet:English/ref/someReferencePage".  I was not
> successfull to modify the links manually.
> The workbench documentation is rather unclear on the functionality of
> the paclet system. Is it possible to describe in a single PacletInfo.m
> file the documentation of several applications? Do you know where to
> get more information?
> Best regards,
> Hannes Kessler

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