Let's create a test package/paclet in a standard $UserBaseDirectory/Applications:

root = FileNameJoin[{$UserBaseDirectory, "Applications", "TestPaclet", ##}]&;

CreateFile @ root["Kernel", "init.m"]
Export[ root["Kernel", "init.m"], "Echo[$InputFileName]", "Text"];

  , Paclet[Name -> "TestPaclet",Version -> "0.0.1", MathematicaVersion -> "11+",
    Description -> "", Creator -> "Kuba", 
    Extensions -> { {"Kernel", Context -> "TestPaclet`"}}]  

And let's try it:


Get["TestPaclet`", Path -> {$HomeDirectory}]

>> ...\Applications\TestPaclet\Kernel\init.m

Get::noopen: Cannot open TestPaclet`.


Before Paclets appeared, Path option for Get shielded against the default $Path. Which I find expected and desired but I can agree it is subjective. Anyway, it is not the case for default paclets repositories:

PacletInstall @ PackPaclet @ root[]


Get["TestPaclet`", Path -> {$HomeDirectory}];

>> ...\Paclets\Repository\TestPaclet-0.0.1\Kernel\init.m

>> ...\Paclets\Repository\TestPaclet-0.0.1\Kernel\init.m

Considering previous behavior I find the new one a bug.

[CASE:4016445] was created

  • 2
    $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of $Path hijacked by PacletManager? $\endgroup$
    – ilian
    Commented Feb 13, 2018 at 21:39
  • $\begingroup$ @ilian very closely related but it does not cover Paclets/Repository scenario and Path option. And the real question I have is how to block my Get from paclets directory? If there is no way then there is a serious problem. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Commented Feb 13, 2018 at 21:46
  • $\begingroup$ @ilian ref/Get: "Get[name,Path->{"dir1","dir2", ...}] successively searches for files in each of the diri." so my example exposes at least a documentation bug because the last code line of mine clearly does more. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Commented Feb 13, 2018 at 21:51
  • $\begingroup$ But the previous question also covers overriding $Path and your Paclets/Repository is just where the paclet is, nothing more. $\endgroup$
    – ilian
    Commented Feb 13, 2018 at 21:56
  • $\begingroup$ @ilian I'm abusing the fact the Path (the option) does not say anything about $Path. And again, I don't insist on Get["TestPaclet`", Path -> {FileNameJoin[{$UserBaseDirectory, "Applications"}]}] reaching Applications (though that is expected). Where is that (this or linked) behavior documented? If we mark it a duplicate the OP deserves bugs tag. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Commented Feb 13, 2018 at 22:10

1 Answer 1


I'm not going to write an answer, but in terms of getting your desired behavior, try

 Get["TestPaclet`", Path -> {$HomeDirectory}]]

Get::noopen: Cannot open TestPaclet`.

(* $Failed *)
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. And re this and FindFile case. It is nowhere documented. Is there any reason not to give it bugs +/- documentation? $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 7:17
  • $\begingroup$ It’s certainly undocumented, like a great many things about the paclet manager (there is a good Q & A about some of them too). $\endgroup$
    – ilian
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 14:16

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