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Re: What gets put in ~/.Mathematica and why?

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  • From: Patrick Scheibe <pscheibe at>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2011 05:52:34 -0500 (EST)
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> I don't understand why this stuff didn't go into /usr/local/Wolfram.

because you are the "user" and user settings are stored
in the users home-directory, usually in a *dot*-folder. That's for instance the
same for applications like your browser or google-earth, to give an example
where its folder is quite large.

The reason is simple: On a multi-user system, I don't want anybody else to
use my installed packages, to use my compiled code or to use my license by the way,

The question is, why do you backup your whole home directory? Do you want to
save your browser-cookies for future generations? ;-)
When I do an backup, I store my Documents and mails. I don't keep
temporary files and backup settings only once in a while.


On Sun, 2011-11-06 at 05:57 -0500, Mike Witt wrote:
> I just fooled around with CUDA on my system for the first time, and in
> the process I got the message "Loading from Wolfram Research server"
> and it appears that a *lot* of stuff was downloaded. As far as I can
> tell it went into my *home* directory, into /home/mike/.Mathematica/
> Paclets. My .Mathematica directory is now, by far, the biggest thing
> in my whole directory structure.
> I don't understand why this stuff didn't go into /usr/local/Wolfram.
> Now this huge amount of stuff, is going to get backed up every time I
> back up my personal directory.
> I'm curious if anyone can tell me what makes this (or any given
> information) go into .Mathematica in my directory vs the "system"
> place.
> If it makes a difference, I'm using Mathematica Home Edition on Fedora
> 14 (32 bit)
> -Mike

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