Questions on obtaining files and directory structure/information and manipulating the said structure/information, searching/renaming particular files in a directory, etc., in an OS independent manner.

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Specify column width while exporting

I am trying to export a set of data into a file but I can not force mathematica to keep a certain width for each column. For example, when I export a table: ...
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Creating directory structure through Mathematica

Is there mkdirs() (make directory structure) equivalent in Mathematica? I want to specify something like this : dir1/dir2/dirn ...
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Order imported files by their alteration date

Probably a very easy question, but I could not find the answer, so it would be very nice if you can help me: Let us say I have 10 files, all with the extension ...
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NotePad++ User defined language

I know there is a xml file with language for Mathematica notebook (nb or m files). The link is http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/notepad-plus/?title=User_Defined_Language_Files Now I want a xml ...
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Merge StyleSheet into a notebook

I have a custom style called style1.nb and I want to install it into a notebook Class01.nb so I can send only the notebook file to my students with the style of style1.nb. Is that possible?
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How can I automatically name files being exported based on input parameters

I have Mathematica notebook that performs some operation say a=2 b=3 c=5 d=4 how do I set the output file after evaluation to be named using the values ...
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How to generate a unique file name similar as that created by CreateTemporary

CreateTemporary can generate a unique file name like ...
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How to export data to a plain text file?

I am preparing data used by a command line program. It requires data in a simpliest possible format: value_x1 value_y1 value_x2 value_y2 ... value_xN value_yN ...
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Create new file, based on 500 articles

I've got a folder with 500 newspaper articles. Each article is saved in a seperate file with a number in the title like "1.txt", "2.txt". Each article has a date but it is not clear in which line the ...
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What kind of check does DirectoryQ exactly perform?

I'm using Mathematica 9.0.1 on Windows XP and my drive letters are assigned as follows: C: and D: are hard local disks, while ...
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How to create .ico file in Mathematica?

How to create .ico file in Mathematica? I mean the favicon images used for web sites. Directly using Export["file.ico", <some graphical expression>] does ...
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Writing results directly to file

I am trying to find all simple paths in a large directed graph (542 vertex, density ~ 5%) between two nodes. For this purpose, I use the algorithm from this thread. Unfortunately, my computer is ...
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How does the speed of WriteString compare to other languages?

I'm doing something where the most sensible approach seems to be to open a file and write to it as I process data from some large tables. Old school. While testing the program, I remembered the low ...
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How to read non-standard-format data into Mathematica from a file

I would like to read non-standard-format data into Mathematica from a file. How can this be achieved? For example, how can I read the following text file of data into Mathematica: ...
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What is the correct way to provide Mathematica with a path to Python user scripts?

What is the correct way to provide Mathematica with a path to Python user scripts? Simply executing Python as a shell command, using something like ...
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Read a binary file to an image in memory then analyze it

Is it possible to read a whole file (~100 MBs) into memory, and then use BinaryRead[] function on the data loaded into memory to read/cast it to the types I need with a proper StreamPosition pointer? ...
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How to change the MATHEMATICA_USERBASE directory

I’ve found, from reading the help on MathKernel in the help system and in a number of questions here, that to make that change in Windows at least one apparently needs to enter “MathKernel … options” ...
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Processing all files in a folder automatically

I have a lot of files in a folder that needs to be process through a function that I have written in Mathematica. I need help writing a code that would process all the files automatically. ...
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how to show or find full path of file listed in the File->Open dialog?

This question was posted 2 days ago at community. I had a good answer but it does not quit do what I wanted. Hence I am trying here to see if someone might know of some other solution. Here is the ...
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How to use relative paths in a notebook? [duplicate]

To maintain mobility of project files, I want to use relative paths in my notebooks. For example, I have a directory named "proj" and my notebook file is located in this directory. Meanwhile, I have ...
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Windows Explorer Natural Order

Currently there are a list of notebooks in Windows that I am processing in a folder. Ideally I would like the notebooks to be concated in the same order as how they display in Windows Explorer. I ...
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Identify / change working directory for the InstallableNET runtime

I am currently attempting to use .NET/link to call a third party DLL from Mathematica using DLLDefinedFunction. I have been able to link against and call many of ...
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Fastest way to concatenate many text files in a given directory

I have about 1 million .txt text files in a directory which I would like to all concatenate in one single text file (separated by a newline character "\n"). Because of the number of files and their ...
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Reading non-tabular data with NaN-s from file

A NaN stands for an entry that is not a number/undefined/missing/infinite/etc. On my machine the C code printf("%f", 0/0.) produces ...
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when using FileDate----The Creation date of a file is not available on Macintosh and Unix?

when I use FileDate[filename,"Creation"] it gives messages like FileDate::nocreationunix: The Creation date of a file is not available on Macintosh and ...
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Why does Thread FileDate give an error message?

I tried for example Thread[FileDate[FileNames["new*", "h:\\temp\\", 1]]] It gives FileDate::fstr: File specification ...
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Find a notebook I had open recently

I worked on a notebook a few weeks ago and now I can't find after looking through the most likely directories. The recent list only has 6 items in it, none of them the notebook in question. Is there a ...
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Why is FileNameJoin not working?

I can not figure out why the code below doesn't work? aaa >> FileNameJoin[{Directory[],"input"}] error message came out saying OpenWrite::noopen: ...
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Using Read for calling external command does not release file handle

The standard and robust method for piping to/from external commands under Windows is to create a temporary file, save the input into it, pipe it to the command and save its output to a second file. ...
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Configure initial directory

How can I configure the initial directory? By configure, I mean set it so that when Mathematica starts the initial directory is one of my choosing. By the by, what exactly is the significance of the ...
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File output and race conditions

Is it possible to know when Mathematica is done writing a file? I'm looking to automate something and I'm wanting to have Mathematica put it in a file using Put[], ...
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String to File removing quotation marks

If I print a string to a file it also adds quotation marks to the string. Here is an example: a = "test \t test" a >> file FilePrint["file"] How can I ...
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How to place cdf file in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint or in interactive PDF file?

I would like to create a presentation for my lecture in which I would use Mathematica CDF files. Let's say I want to have such interactive content: ...
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Properly ordering the output of FileNames for a directory consisting of files with consecutive integer names [duplicate]

Say I have a number of files in a directory at some location (C:\dir1\dir2\dir3...), and I pull an array of strings corresponding to the file names with the command: ...
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Name of current Notebook

I've searched the documentation, this forum and with google, but I was not able to find how to ask Mathematica to give back the name of the current notebook file one is working on. Perhaps something ...
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Export with different address

Is it possible to use the Export[] command and add another address other than the usual Home directory that is used?
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Using a variable in Get [duplicate]

This question is different from the answer here Infix form of PutAppend ( >>> ) does not work with variable becasue it is dealing with folders and not filenames. I have a file path which I ...
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Infix form of PutAppend ( >>> ) does not work with variable

I'm new to Mathematica, so I suspect this question involves either a misunderstanding involving variables or the usage of >>>. On a webMathematica page ...
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How to trash files / directories?

Both DeleteFile and DeleteDirectory can only delete files / directories, and lack the option to move them to the trash. Is ...
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How to resolve a Unix symlink?

Does Mathematica have any function to resolve a Unix symlink (recursively, if necessary) to its real path?
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Equivalent of __FILE__?

Many languages define a special identifier whose value is the path to the source file currently being processed. (For example, in C, this is done through the ...
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Techniques To AutoReplace Browse

Let's say I have a function of the form. Test[File_,text_] What would be the most automated way and flexible way to generate an input cell of the form, such ...
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ReadList with type Expression unable to read scientific notation? [duplicate]

I have a file that defines an array of numbers like this: freq["AQs"] = 8.846947803007962E-4 ... I am reading the file with ...
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How to change the start path of SystemDialogInput

It seems that every time the start directory of SystemDialogInput is always the same, is it possible to set the start directory to the last used directory? For ...
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Importing data into an array, column by column

I'm building a large matrix having different sized rows consisting of a few columns. The different columns are imported .txt files. Why can't I build the matrix column by column? For example, I ...
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Combine multiple notebook files into a pdf/rtf/word/etc file?

It's the end of the semester and I have a prof who wants me to turn in a printout of the nb files ive worked on. I have 33 separate files, and I was wondering if there was any easy way I could combine ...
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How to find the package file that stores a certain symbol?

Is it possible to figure out in what file a certain packaged symbol lives in (assuming there is no shadowing between multiple identical symbol names)? I would like to have a function that if, given a ...
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Using NotebookDirectory in batch-mode

I am running Mathematica via the terminal (Linux) and my .m-script contains the command: ...
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DumpSave for the forgetful

A few weeks ago I created a big matrix, and in order not to have to recreate it, I stored it using DumpSave["file.mx", variable]. Now I want to read it back in and ...
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Cusom PopupMenu file selector

Lately I come across what I think not uninteresting problem which is a good exercise for the usage of Dynamic. Assume you have files in a directory structure (a ...