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A.8.3 Running the Executable Programs


Typical names of command files that invoke the executable programs.

If you install Mathematica onto your hard disk, there are various conventions for where executable programs are placed. The basic idea is that it should be possible to start up the programs directly by clicking on icons or by typing appropriate command names.

Microsoft Windows, Windows 95 and Windows NT

  • Mathematica, MathKernel and MathReader are all placed in the main Mathematica folder.
  • Under Windows 95, the executables can be run from the Start menu by going to Programs, WolframResearch.
  • math and mcc can be run in a DOS shell. The PATH variable is set up to make these programs be found.

    Macintosh

  • Mathematica, MathKernel and MathReader are all placed in the main Mathematica folder.
  • Aliases are often created and placed on the desk top.
  • math and mcc are not provided.
  • mprep is provided for preprocessing MathLink template files, and is placed in the Binaries folder in the MathLink Developer's Kit.

    Unix

  • All the executable programs listed are shell scripts.
  • Symbolic links to the programs are typically placed in /usr/local/bin.
  • math simply calls MathKernel and does not bring up any front end.
  • Under the X Window System the notebook front end can be started by typing Mathematica in a terminal window.

    NEXTSTEP

  • The Mathematica front end executable is called Mathematica.app and is typically placed in /LocalApps.
  • The MathReader executable is called MathReader.app and is typically placed in /LocalApps.
  • Other programs and files are organized as for standard Unix systems.