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Re: Windows shortcut problem

From: Christoph Dalitz
Subject: Re: Windows shortcut problem
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2004 09:24:20 +0100

On Wed, 4 Feb 2004 23:12:17 -0600
Peter Brinkmann <address@hidden> wrote:

> It appears that Octave ignores the starting directory set in the properties
> of its shortcut icon under Windows. On the other hand, a colleague tells me
> that this problem does not occur when Octave is launched from its entry in
> the Start menu. Has anyone else experienced this sort of problem? Is there
> a way to create a shortcut icon that'll launch Octave in the desired
> directory?
I guess the problem has to do with Octave being a Cygwin application rather
than a "native" Win32 application.

Something like the following should work:

        C:\path\to\cygwin\bin\sh.exe -c "cd /your/directory && octave"

Note that you need to specify the *Cygwin* path to your directory. You can
generate the cygwin path format with the utility cygpath that is shipped
with cygwin in the package cygutils. You can directly use it in the shortcut
with the backtics cammand substitution syntax:

        C:\path\to\cygwin\bin\sh.exe -c "cd `cygpath -u C:\win32\path\format\` 
&& octave"

Hope this helps,

Christoph Dalitz

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