2.7 Starting Scheme from Microsoft Windows
The Microsoft Windows version of MIT/GNU Scheme runs as a
graphics-based application. Scheme is normally started using shortcuts;
the installer automatically generates several different predefined
shortcuts for your convenience.
The rest of this section gives some tips on how to set up shortcuts
that run Scheme. If you are unfamiliar with this concept you should
read about it in the system help.
- Under Windows, shortcuts can be common or personal.
When setting common shortcuts it is important to make the shortcut
properties independent of the vagaries of the environment of the user
who is running them.
- Give the shortcut an accurate Description.
- Use an absolute pathname to mit-scheme.exe in the shortcut
- If you specify the --library command-line option then you do
not have to worry about the MITSCHEME_LIBRARY_PATH environment
- Set the shortcut's Working Directory to something sensible. On
Windows you can use `%HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%' to make Scheme start
up in the user's home directory.
- There are several icons available in the Scheme executable—choose
one that best represents the options given on the command line.
- If you want the shortcut to start up Edwin automatically, put
--edit at the end of the command line.