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1.2.3 After the image is created or restored

Next, gnu Smalltalk sends the returnFromSnapshot event to the dependents of the special class ObjectMemory (see Memory access). Afterwards, it loads ~/.st/ if available.1

You can remember the difference between and by remembering that is the pre-snapshot file and is the post-image-load initialization file.

Finally, gnu Smalltalk loads files listed on the command line, or prompts for input at the terminal, as described in Command line arguments.


[1] The same considerations made above hold here too. The file is called _st/ under MS-DOS, and is looked for in the current directory under OSes that don't use home directories.