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[Axiom-developer] Windows space in directory/file names

From: William Sit
Subject: [Axiom-developer] Windows space in directory/file names
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005 09:47:58 -0500

Hi Bill:

Thanks. I fixed the path and compiling problem by:
(1) move the entire axiom directory to a different one j:\openaxiom\axiom
from j:\Program Files\axiom
(2) remove my old rm.exe from the h:\dostools directory (which is in the path)
(3) change environmental variable AXIOM to reflect the change and the same for
the path for the desktop icon
(4) add the directory for cygwin\bin which contains a more modern version of
rm.exe to the path. Somehow, my mingw\bin does not have rm.exe.

Regarding spaces in directories or files, in URL's they use %20 (20h is ascii
for space). Can something like that be done for files and directories? I admit
that is ugly though. 


"Page, Bill" wrote:

> > But I have trouble with path in windows:
> >    Processing PointedPrimeField for Browser database:
> > --->-->PointedPrimeField((foo ((PrimeField n)
> > (PositiveInteger)))): Not documented!!!!
> > --->-->PointedPrimeField(constructor): Not documented!!!!
> > --->-->PointedPrimeField(): Missing Description
> > h:/dostools/rm.exe: j:/program: No such file or directory
> > h:/dostools/rm.exe:
> > j:/progra~1/axiom/mnt/windows/lib/files/axiom/mnt/windows/li
> > b/ppf.nrlib: No such file or directory
> >
> >    >> System error:
> >    Cannot rename the file #P"j:/Program
> > Files/axiom/mnt/windows/lib/PPF.erlib" t
> > o #P"j:/Program Files/axiom/mnt/windows/lib/PPF.NRLIB".
> >
> > protected-symbol-warn called with (NIL)
> >
> > But that is just because "Program Files" need be in quotes?
> >
> Yes, this is a bug in the Windows version of Axiom caused
> by the fact that the Axiom code expects to be able to run
> unix system commands like `rm' (which means delete file).
> In this case it is calling a program called rm.exe that
> was previously installed on your system in a directory
> called `dostools'. This is non-standard for Windows -
> usually there is no rm.exe file anywhere unless you have
> installed some other package that contains it. Like you
> said, this would be ok if the location of Axiom was in
> a Path that did not contain any spaces.
> I will be updating the Axiom for Windows distribute soon to
> eliminate this and a few other similar problems by recoding
> everything in lisp. Right now the only work-around is to
> re-install Axiom for Windows in a location that does not
> have any spaces in the Path.
> Regards,
> Bill Page.

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