FindFile

FindFile[name]
finds the file with the specified name that would be loaded by Get[name] and related functions.

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  • FindFile[name] successively searches for a file with the specified name in each of the directories given in $Path.
  • FindFile returns full absolute file names.
  • FindFile returns $Failed if it cannot find a file with the specified name.
  • In FindFile[name], the name can be specified with path separators (or on Windows). It can also be specified with context separators.
  • For names of the form , FindFile searches for files and .
  • If FindFile resolves to a directory, it will search for a file named or in that directory.
  • If FindFile resolves to an object of the form which corresponds to a directory, it will search for a file with a name like name.mx/$SystemID/name.mx.
  • Get, Needs, OpenRead, Install and other functions effectively use FindFile to find files to read.

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Basic Examples  (3)Basic Examples  (3)

Find which initialization file is loaded:

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Find initialization file for a package:

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Find a file used for examples:

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Introduced in 2008
(7.0)