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Re: switching between versions 7 and 8

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  • Subject: [mg114899] Re: switching between versions 7 and 8
  • From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010 02:34:46 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <201012200539.AAA22719@smc.vnet.net> <iepdkl$g3r$1@smc.vnet.net>

In article <iepdkl$g3r$1 at smc.vnet.net>,
 Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at mimuw.edu.pl> wrote:

> I run the same system as you. I have three versions of Mathematica 
> installed on my MacBook Pro: 6.03, 7 and 8. I can run any of them 
> without problems (not at the same time, of course). The only thing I 
> have done was to rename the applications Mathematica v.6 as Mathematica 
> 6.03 and Mathematica v. 7 as Mathematica 7. The application Mathematica 
> 8 is named Mathematica. I did the renaming before installing the newer 
> version of course. That's all. I have never had any problems with my 
> installation.
> 
> I feel one of us must be failing to notice something very simple ;-).
> 
> Andrzej Kozlowski


I don't expect that I'll ever try to run more than the latest version of 
Mathematica on my MacBook or MacBook Pro, because I have all I can do to 
keep up with one version (presently have 7 installed and 8 downloaded 
but not yet installed).

So, I'm posting this query primarily for my own education (and _not_ 
with any hidden or concealed agenda).

Appended below is a complete listing of the auxiliary folders, files, 
Caches, CharacterEncodings, Configurations, defaults, documentation, 
fonts, FrontEnds, Kernels, Paclettes, Paclette Managers, Preferences, 
Repositorys, resources, Setups, and so on that the Print Window utility 
shows are in the current ~/Library /Mathematica folder on my current 
MacBook

There seem to be 189 (!) of these folders and files (although including 
Navigator bulks this up in part), including what seem to be residues in 
this list from my having acquired and used every version of Mathematica back to 
v1.  Haven't bothered to dig out whatever other auxiliary Mathematica 
files may reside elsewhere on my HD, but there certainly are some.

So:

1)  When you (or others) keep and use multiple versions of Mathematica, do you 
(or does Mathematica automatically) create separate, different versions 
of all of these auxiliary files (like different Preferences or different 
default or init or font files) for all the versions you're running?

2)  Or does just renaming the multiple versions by adding v6, v7, etc, 
to the application name automatically create and preserve new separate 
version-labelled versions of all these auxiliary files?

3)  If you have multiple versions of Mathematica installed, along with a 
notebook that you normally run in v6, and you accidentally open this 
notebook in v5 or v7, does doing that automatically modify some of the 
hidden metadata associated with that notebook, such that it will behave 
differently (even maybe only slightly) the next time you open it in v6?

4)  Just to pick one further example, one presumably wants the font 
management system on a Mac to be aware of _all_ the (separate and 
distinct) Mathematica fonts that are present and used in all these Mathematica 
versions.  (For example, maybe you're going to Export a file with text 
content from one of the Mathematica versions, and then open it in some other 
application like Acrobat or Excel on your Mac.)  WIll the Mac's font 
management (and the font menus in other Mac applications) get further 
cluttered with each separate version of Mathematica you keep?

For myself, I'm about to move my life to a new MacBook Pro; and trying 
to keep my own life protected from all these complexities, I think that 
rather than just migrating my current Users and ~/Library folder from my 
existing MacBook to the new one, I'm going first install v8 on the new, 
virgin MacBook Pro; reset all preferences and defaults by hand; and then 
hand-transfer over nothing but plain notebooks from the old to the new 
machine.  Only thing I don't know is just what license hassles doing 
this will get me into . . . 


=======================================
CONTENTS OF MY ~/Library/Mathematica FOLDER:
=======================================
ApplicationData   
 Parallel   
  Preferences  
   Preferences.m  
Applications   
 MathematicaNavigator3  
  Documentation   
   English  
    01Starting.nb 
    02Sightseeing.nb 
    03Notebooks.nb   
    04Files.nb 
    05GraphicsForFunctions.nb 
    06GraphicsPrimitives.nb   
    07GraphicsOptions.nb   
    08GraphicsForData.nb   
    09Data.nb  
    10Manipulations.nb  
    11Dynamics.nb 
    12Numbers.nb  
    13Expressions.nb 
    14Lists.nb 
    15Tables.nb   
    16Patterns.nb 
    17Functions.nb   
    18Programs.nb 
    19DifferentialCalculus.nb 
    20IntegralCalculus.nb  
    21Matrices.nb 
    22Equations.nb   
    23Optimization.nb   
    24Interpolation.nb  
    25Approximation.nb  
    26DifferentialEquations.nb   
    27PartialDiffEquations.nb 
    28DifferenceEquations.nb  
    29Probability.nb 
    30Statistics.nb  
    BrowserCategories.m 
    BrowserIndex.nb  
    MathematicaNavigator.nb   
    Preface.nb 
    References.nb 
 MathematicaNavigator3NewIn7  
  Documentation   
   English  
    01Starting.nb 
    03Notebooks.nb   
    04Files.nb 
    05GraphicsForFunctions.nb 
    06GraphicsPrimitives.nb   
    07GraphicsOptions.nb   
    08GraphicsForData.nb   
    09Data.nb  
    10Manipulations.nb  
    11Dynamics.nb 
    12Numbers.nb  
    13Expressions.nb 
    14Lists.nb 
    15Tables.nb   
    16Patterns.nb 
    20IntegralCalculus.nb  
    21Matrices.nb 
    22Equations.nb   
    23Optimization.nb   
    24Interpolation.nb  
    26DifferentialEquations.nb   
    28DifferenceEquations.nb  
    29Probability.nb 
    30Statistics.nb  
    BrowserCategories.m 
    BrowserIndex.nb  
    MathematicaNavigator.nb   
    Preface.nb 
    References.nb 
Autoload 
 PacletManager 
  Configuration   
   FrontEnd 
FrontEnd 
 6.0 Caches 
  MacOSX-x86   
   ResourceMap.pbf   
   SystemFiles 
    CharacterEncodings  
     Klingon.pbf  
     MacintoshChineseSimplified.pbf 
     MacintoshChineseTraditional.pbf   
     MacintoshKorean.pbf   
     MacintoshRoman.pbf 
     Mathematica1.pbf   
     Mathematica2.pbf   
     Mathematica3.pbf   
     Mathematica4.pbf   
     Mathematica5.pbf   
     Mathematica6.pbf   
     Mathematica7.pbf   
     ShiftJIS.pbf 
     UTF-8.pbf 
     WindowsANSI.pbf 
     ZapfDingbats.pbf   
    FrontEnd   
     TextResources   
      DefaultTemplate.ml   
      Macintosh   
       KeyEventTranslations.ml   
       PopupMenuSetup.ml   
       SystemMenuSetup.ml  
       UnicodeLanguageFontMapping.pbf  
      TokenTranslationDictionary.ml 
      UnicodeCharacters.pbf   
      UnicodeFontMapping.pbf  
    SpellingDictionaries   
     English   
      MathematicaWords.clm 
 7.0 Caches 
  MacOSX-x86   
   ResourceMap.pbf   
   SystemFiles 
    CharacterEncodings  
     Klingon.pbf  
     MacintoshChineseSimplified.pbf 
     MacintoshChineseTraditional.pbf   
     MacintoshKorean.pbf   
     MacintoshRoman.pbf 
     Mathematica1.pbf   
     Mathematica2.pbf   
     Mathematica3.pbf   
     Mathematica4.pbf   
     Mathematica5.pbf   
     Mathematica6.pbf   
     Mathematica7.pbf   
     ShiftJIS.pbf 
     UTF-8.pbf 
     WindowsANSI.pbf 
     ZapfDingbats.pbf   
    FrontEnd   
     TextResources   
      DefaultTemplate.ml   
      Macintosh   
       KeyEventTranslations.ml   
       SystemMenuSetup.ml  
       UnicodeLanguageFontMapping.pbf  
      TokenTranslationDictionary.ml 
      UnicodeCharacters.pbf   
      UnicodeFontMapping.pbf  
 init.m  
Kernel   
 init.m  
Licensing   
 mathpass   
Paclets  
 Configuration 
  DeclareLoad_7.0.0.m   
  DeclareLoad_7.0.1.m   
  managerData_6.0.1_270539334 
  managerData_6.0.2_270539334 
  managerData_6.0.3_270539334.pmd   
  managerData_7.0.0.pmd 
  managerData_7.0.1.pmd 
  pacletData_6.0.1_270539334  
  pacletData_6.0.2_270539334  
  pacletData_6.0.3_270539334.pmd 
  pacletData_7.0.0_270539334.pmd 
  pacletData_7.0.1_172260953.pmd 
  pacletData_7.0.1_270539334.pmd 
  pacletSiteData  
  pacletSiteData_6.0.3.pmd 
  pacletSiteData_7.0.0.pmd 
  pacletSiteData_7.0.1.pmd 
 Repository 
  SystemDocumentation   
   6.0   
    English 
     Packages  
      PlotLegends 
       ReferencePages   
        Symbols   
         PlotLegend.nb  
   PacletInfo.m   
 Temporary  
SystemFiles 
 CharacterEncodings  
 FrontEnd   
  Palettes  
  StyleSheets  
   aesDefault.nb  
 Kernel  
 SpellingDictionaries


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