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This error occurs when starting ArcView:
"Cannot find a writable project directory. Please set HOME to a writable directory."
After starting, ArcView can open projects, but cannot save them, nor can it create anything new.
The path that the Startup file in the etc folder needs for HOME is not writable, or contains spaces, slashes, or other special characters.
Check the path defined for HOME in the Startup file and verify the following:
See the "ArcView Installer Read Me" file that comes with the ArcView installation.