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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Binary file gymnastics

I have an unformatted binary file generated by fortran 77 and i want to import it in Mathematica. The file is formed by 5 data arrays with double precission float numbers. The problem is that seems ...
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How can I use functions in file paths?

I'm very new to Mathematica and I'm trying to write into a file. I want to have a function in my file path. For Example: ...
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Exporting File Outside Home Directory

When running Mathematica (v10) on my Raspberry Pi, I'd like to output an image file to a directory other than /home/pi. I understand that letting Mathematica write ...
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Handy / flexible directory tree operations

Is there any shorter / more handy / more flexible way to get directory tree as a nested Rules/Associations list? I tried to incorporate ...
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Odd behavior of FindFile

Running FindFile gives some odd results on my machine: FindFile["HTTPClient`"] Result: ...
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Prevent Export from overwriting files

Export["filepath1",Expression1] works for me, but if filepath1 already exists, it will be overwritten. I'd like ...
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Is there the possibility to write many times a value in definite list of file1.nb?

The commands testData = RandomReal[{0, 1}, {1, 1}]; Export["C:\\Users\\Alex\\Desktop\\1\\file1.nb", testData]; write the “testData” (value generated by ...
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Export array data into a file

I tried to solve some equation for different values of parameter t and put results into array. Then I wanted to write this data into a txt-file. So i did it with ...
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How to output matfiles in Mathematica?

I am new to Mathematica, if there is anything wrong, do not hesitate to tell me? ...
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How to make new line in mathematica file output?

I know that new line is classically made by "\n". I want to make a string with lines of data and then export it into a file: ...
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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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How to get the directory of a package?

I have a package that I have placed in the $BaseDirectory\Applications directory so that Needs can find it. I have a logo in ...
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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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What does CreateDirectory[] return?

Based on: CreateDirectory returns the full name of the directory it creates, and $Failed if it cannot create the directory ...
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Why does the hash of a file differ from the hash of its content?

FileHash doesn't allow arguments like FileHash[file,{"CRC32","MD5"}]; A solution could be: ...
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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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Get a filename used in an import and store it as a variable

Hopefully a simple one for you (or at least seemingly)! I import a .txt file, from which i make a ListLinePlot. I simply want to read in the name of the file, store it in a variable so I can use it ...
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Mathematica 10 doesn't support path containing Chinese characters

Note: This works correctly in version 10.0.2. 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 ...
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How to force the writing of buffers onto disk?

Usually, buffering is good; except when you critically need to write data to disk. Is there a way to force the writing of buffers onto disk? (I'm using a binary file) I believe a ...
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A documented syntax of FileNames doesn't work?

bug present as of 10.0.2 According to the documentation for FileNames: However when I attempt to use this syntax I get an error: ...
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Most efficient way of splitting a file into length-prefixed blocks

Let's say I have a really big file (>100MB) that consists of length-prefixed blocks, i.e. the first byte of each byte block indicates the length of the rest of the block. This is a simplified example ...
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Searching if a directory exists within a folder

I hope this question is not a duplicate, but I could not find any other question which answered my specific question, which is: I have the following folder structure (just an example): ...
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How to get only the directories (not the files) inside the current directory? [duplicate]

FileNames["*"] lists all the files and directories inside the current one. How can I list only the directories?
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Can i change the default search paths?

When i try to load packages on this computer, i get an error (i already know the packages work). I think the issue might be to do with the fact that mathematica can't process the network drives, some ...
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Code reuse between files in the same directory

At the moment, I am producing various complicated interactive plots. They all share a common "code base", with modifications on top of it. I would like to refactor my code so that the various files ...
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Can't Load .rst file

I've been working with the FeynRules 2.1 package in Mathematica 10. If I download the MC4BSM_2012 FeynRules files and run the Mathematica Notebook I've got no problem in Ubuntu (A lot of warnings ...
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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 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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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. ...