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A.8.2 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.

Windows 95/NT 4.0 and Above

FilledSmallSquareMathematica and MathKernel are placed in the main Mathematica folder.

FilledSmallSquare On most versions of Windows, the executables can be run from the Start menu by going to Programs, Mathematica 4.2. There are items to run the full Mathematica system or the kernel only. There is also an item to uninstall Mathematica.

FilledSmallSquaremath and mcc can be run in a DOS shell. The PATH variable is set up to make these programs be found.

Macintosh

FilledSmallSquareMathematica and MathKernel are placed in the main Mathematica folder.

FilledSmallSquare Aliases are often created and placed on the desk top.

FilledSmallSquaremath and mcc are not provided.

FilledSmallSquaremprep is provided for preprocessing MathLink template files, and is placed in the Binaries folder in the MathLink Developer Kit.

Unix

FilledSmallSquare All the executable programs listed are shell scripts.

FilledSmallSquare Symbolic links to the programs are typically placed in /usr/local/bin.

FilledSmallSquaremath simply calls MathKernel and does not bring up any front end.

FilledSmallSquare Under the X Window System the notebook front end can be started by typing Mathematica in a terminal window.

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