AW: open stack finds stack in wrong path!?

Tiemo Hollmann TB toolbook at
Wed Jun 17 09:55:35 EDT 2015

Devin, you were absolutely right,
I was using the wrong itemDel :(
Thank you for coaching

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von Devin Asay
Gesendet: Montag, 15. Juni 2015 19:57
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On Jun 15, 2015, at 10:37 AM, Tiemo Hollmann TB <toolbook at> wrote:

> Hello,
> LC 6.5.2, OS X 10.9. I have a splash stack and a main stack. The 
> mainStack is located at the regular place on the same level as the 
> executable within the app bundle.
> Because this software runs directly from CD and there also is a 
> windows version on the CD, there is a copy of the mainStack on the 
> same level, as the app bundle in the root of the CD, which is used from
the windows exe.
> On OS X I open the main stack with: open stack (item 1 to -2 of the 
> effective filename of this stack & slash & "mainStack.rev"). The 
> splash stack opens correctly the mainStack in its bundle, only as far 
> there is no copy of the mainStack on bundle level. But as soon there 
> is a copy of the mainStack in the bundle directory (for windows use), 
> the OS X program ignores my given path within the bundle and opens the 
> mainStack from the bundle level, which I don't want to be used on OS X.
> Is there any secret hierarchy for looking for stackfiles and ignoring 
> given paths? Or am I overseeing something obviously?


On OS X looking for a stackfile relative to the location of the .app bundle
will look inside the .app bundle, as you have seen. But if you don’t try to
find a stackfile relative to the .app, it will look first in the folder that
contains the .app bundle. I think you can work around your problem by
including this in the preOpenStack or openStack handler of the splash

 if the environment is “development” then
   go stack item 1 to -2 of the effective filename of this stack & slash &
   go stack “mainStack.rev”
 end if

Why? Because once the stack is made into a standalone the defaultFolder
becomes the folder containing the .app bundle. It should therefore work in
both the Mac and Windows environments.

I hope I understood your problem correctly.


Devin Asay
Office of Digital Humanities
Brigham Young University

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