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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Error when implementing StartProcess[] in loops (Do, While, Table)

I'm using Mathematica to control another program (Surface Evolver) through the terminal (ie using StartProcess[]; and ...
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Adding NotebookDirectory to $Path when notebook opens

I'm trying to get relative notebook paths work without evaluating $Path = Append[$Path, NotebookDirectory[]]; each time I open a notebook. A bonus would be to keep ...
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How to evaluate the same code in a whole bunch of existing notebooks

I have a large folder of existing notebooks, each currently containing a single cell of input. I would like --- in each of these notebooks --- to evaluate that cell, evaluate a new chunk of code I've ...
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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 make SaveAs saves to NotebookDirectory[] instead of NotebookBrowseDirectory[]?

I find Mathematica handling of directories utterly bizarre to say the least. I end up losing changes and seeing files saved in wrong folder due to this. Even in Version 10.01 which I am using, on ...
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Can one upload .xls in a cdf style gui? how would someone go about this?

I would like to create a cdf that reads and plots table data however is it possible to say create a drop to upload function, can mathematica support this?
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How can I import and split lines with ASCII separator?

This is my data file, each line was separated by SOH, maybe hex \x001, I've tried some options of ...
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ReadList can't read “.csv” data with correct line number?

Well, the problem was solved today. Since "testAll.csv" is generated by Java/Eclipse, and I noticed that the LineSeperator is ...
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Visualizing directories

How do I plot the content of a directory and all its subdirectories into infinity using TreeForm? I've tried using a mix of ...
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Copy files existing in different directories under the same directory

I have many files existing in different directories, I need to copy it under the same directory. Any suggestions?
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File Handling. How to save the progress in a file?

Assuming I already have the file created. I have a programme that,returns an output, in our case number. I want Mathematica to save this number in a file, together with results saved from previous ...
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$Path hijacked by PacletManager?

Summary: Since Mathematica version 6, the PacletManager seems to have engineered an escalating hijack of the $Path variable. Add-on packages need to have a ...
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Minimal label to distinguish among a list of directories

I have a list of long directory names. For each directory name, I need a label just long enough to distinguish itself from the rest. Each label should be a ...
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Put/Get don't accept a string-valued expression as filename [duplicate]

I'm trying to do the following with an expression: filename=StringJoin[{"myfile", ToString[someNumber],".m"}]; expression >> filename; But mathematica ...
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How to automatically Import, Name and Export multiple images? [duplicate]

Sorry for the very basic question but I'm really new to Mathematica. I have a directory(myDataDir) full of images (myImage1.tif, myImage2.tif...) I have a piece of code (let's call it ...
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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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Copy/Pasting code that contains double quotation marks leads to broken code [duplicate]

Sometimes, when copy/pasting code that contains a string (double-quotes around it), the copy of the code fails to evaluate. For example, the original code ...
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SemanticImport::unexpinvaliderr error when using trial version

I am trying to use SemanticImport for a personal experiment. I can correctly import a tsv file from a path, but if I change ...
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How does Mathematica use system environment variables?

Is there a common way in which environment variables are accessed, stored, or used by the kernel? There are built-in functions for querying and setting vars in the system environment, but there are ...
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Change Temporary Directory

How to change the value of $TemporaryDirectory ? I need to change it because there is not enough space on the C drive and the calculation seems to stop after a while !
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Is there a way to stop Export if the file size is too big?

I've got code that's exporting a file, but the file might be so big that it will take up too much space on the cluster I'm using and crash other users' processes. Is there anything like ...
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why CopyFile cannot overwrite existing file?

CopyFile return $Failed when the file exists on destination. is there any way to force CopyFile to overwrite the existing one? the way I use now is DeleteFile and ...
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What's the complete list of file name extensions used by Mathematica?

What's the complete list of file name extensions used by Mathematica? The ones I know are Before V8 .m .nb .mt After V9: ...
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How to get the subdirectory of a ftp weblink?

For example, I can use FileNames["*",dir] to get all subdirectory under dir if dir is some directory of my local computer. Suppose that I want to get all ...
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Default starting location of “Save as…” dialog in OS X [duplicate]

In the answer to this previous question, user Szabolcs says On OS X (I'm using 10.9 and Mathematica 9) the file chooser dialogue will remember the last location you used. So if you Save/Open ...
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Watch File in Directory .NET

How might I watch for a specific file to change in a directory using Mathematica/.NET code? The following works in .NET but fires twice when you change the file. ...
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How to copy a uncertain name file with the command CopyFile in Mathematica

I have many files named like this "GSM697492_500_D1.CEL", and a another file which contain the first part of the file name like this"GSM697492". I want to copy the some of the CEL files from one ...
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Where can I permanently modify Directory[]?

First I set SetDirectory["F:\\learning_mma"];Directory[](*ok,success*) and then I quite the kernel: Quit[] an then ...
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What's wrong with this RenameFile?

I want to rename a .txt file. For example create a file on your Desktop and name it use TEST.TXT, now I want to rename it to ...
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Use modified part of file path as new file name

i want to import an image, modify it and then export the modified image. Something like this: img = Import["C:\\Images\\e4271-5.jpg"] Some modifications ...
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A documented syntax of FileNames doesn't work?

According to the documentation for FileNames: However when I attempt to use this syntax I get an error: ...
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Rename a list of files [duplicate]

I need to rename a list of files .bmp having name like 1.bmp, 2.bmp,...,155.bmp. I want to get a list of files having the same number of digits in name like 001.bmp,002.bmp....,155.bmp. I am trying ...
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Windows Insert File Path

Suppose I want to Save["filename", foo] under Windows. Ordinarily, the way to deal with file names under windows is to open the Insert dialogue and find a file path, but in this use case, the file is ...
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File-name completion for custom functions

Mathematica 10 has introduces file name completion. It works only with certain built-in functions such as Import, SetDirectory, ...
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Find file names in directory

I am trying to find the list of any file in any directory of a given name (by in the directory, I mean directly in the directory, so in a directory which is in the directory would not count). For the ...
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Overwriting first line of large file

As mentioned, I wish to read the first line of a file, and if needed, overwrite it with a new string. The aim is to have a CSV with a list of possible elements. Example: ...
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Get the last line from each of a large number of files, transform them, and write all results to a single new file

I have several hundreds of .csv files that are not logically named (contains numbers, characters, and special characters), all stored in a directory. Each file has large but unequal number of rows and ...
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how to write TableForm expression into file?

Now I have a list stored in data as follows data = {{"Ca", 1, 1, 1}, {"Ca", 2, 2, 2}, {"Ca", 3, 3, 3}} the ...
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How to read from /dev/random?

I am looking to read a few bytes from /dev/random on OS X and Linux. The simplest approach fails on both operating systems (see below). Why? What is a ...
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Mathematica 10 doesn't support path containing Chinese characters

I tried to import file in Mathematica 10 ( windows 7 system), the path contains some chinese characters. After holding ctrl+shift, and drag the file into front end. I got path like ...
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How do i import a list of files, choosing the name

I have this list of files, i'm using FileNames[{"*.txt"}, NotebookDirectory[]] to import it, but i just want the ones without inelastic on the name. How can i select just by the name? Thanks ...
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How to set an absolute path name using SetDirectory?

I tried the following: Directory[] /Users/John SetDirectory["Library/Mathematica"] ...
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Loading and processing five files at a time from a directory containing many, many files

I have 3000 files (for example: aa101.csv, aa108.csv, aa120.csv, ...) and I need to process them. I need to load five files from a folder, process them, and export them to new list in Excel. Then I ...
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Get names of all folders in a directory [duplicate]

I simply want a list of the folder names (without subfolders) in a directory, but can't seem to find the right command for this. Can anyone help me out :)? Thanks in advance
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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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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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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 ...