Error in StartUp.ShowAgain at 153

Last Published: April 25, 2020

Error Message

When unchecking the 'Show this window when ArcView starts' box in ArcView's startup dialog the following error message appears:

"Error in StartUp.ShowAgain at 153"


ArcView is attempting, and failing, to write a text file called 'avstart.txt' into the HOME directory.

Solution or Workaround

The HOME environment variable path is not set correctly. The following steps describe how to determine its path.

  1. In ArcView, start a new Project, open a new or existing View, and click the Add Theme button.
  2. Clear the directory path displayed in the dialog box, type $HOME, and click OK.

    The path displayed should point to where the HOME environment variable is set. Make certain that the environment variable is pointing to a valid path with a directory having write permission.

    If the path does not change and the machine beeps, the HOME environment variable is pointing to a non-existent directory.

  3. Open the Startup file, located in the esri\av_gis30\arcview\etc directory, in a text editor such as Wordpad or Notepad.
  4. After the last line, start a new line and type the following command:


    Substitute <pathname> with the desired directory.
  5. Click File > Save.
  6. Restart ArcView.

Article ID:000004324

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