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Writing journal and output file to current directory

From: John Darrington
Subject: Writing journal and output file to current directory
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 09:25:16 +0800
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On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 01:33:13PM -0300, Michel Boaventura wrote:

     Another issue is that psppire write files in the current directory.
     This isn't good on windows, because usually a program stay on
     c:\program files, witch isn't writable by default. So for windows we
     need to tell psppire to write on a temporary folder.

This has been discussed before, but I still don't understand the

Firstly, the only files that psppire writes to the current directory
are the output file "psppire.txt" and the journal "pspp.jnl".  If it
writes any others, that's a bug; please report it.  Those two files
are not `temporary' in any sense.  They are the intended output of the

Secondly, why are you changing directory to C:\Program Files ??
Just because psppire is installed there, surely doesn't mean that you
have to change to that directory in order to run it?  One would also
have the same problem on GNU/Linux --- psppire would normally be
installed in /bin, and if I were to type "cd /bin ; ./psppire" then 
I too would get errors.  But that's not how it works.  Run psppire
from the home directory and everything should be fine.

I don't have much experience with windows, so perhaps I'm missing
something.  Can you try to elaborate this problem.


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