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FAQ: Are there any pathing considerations I need to consider when using ArcView GIS on a Macintosh?

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Are there any pathing considerations I need to consider when using ArcView GIS on a Macintosh?

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An important idea to remember when using ArcView on a Macintosh is the HOME variable. ArcView requires that the HOME environment variable be set to a writable folder. The ArcView startup script will set this variable for you. However, this can be manually changed. Pay special attention to this if you are using a network installation. Also, the length of the path to any data source cannot exceed 127 characters. The data may not appear in the add data source dialog box when a path is at least this long.

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