User Application Support folder on OS X?
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Fri Feb 18 17:09:48 EST 2005
On Feb 18, 2005, at 2:00 PM, Andre Garzia wrote:
> I don't understand the problem, ~/Library/Application Support/ will
> always point to the current user app support folder, why can't you use
> it? That folder will always be present, and will always be on the same
> place... okay, specialFolderPath will not return this folder, but you
> will probably have different routines for both mac and win32 when it
> comes to finding where to store data, so you can make win32 report
> whatever place you want and hard code ~/Library/application support/
> on the mac, can't you?
> There probably is someway to return that folder using 'defaults' or
> 'scutil' shell commands but since you know the folder in the first
> place, why bother finding some way to return it?
Is it the same for all languages running OS X? I once hard coded a
small portion of a path on Windows. In Spanish one of the folders that
I hardcoded was the name of the folder in Spanish. Needless to say my
path did not work on Spanish systems. That made me sad. I vowed never
to hardcode a folder that the operating system provides an API to
Now if OS X is different then windows in that the folder structure is
always the same regardless of language then that might be different.
But can a user move their application support folder? Is it possible
that the user support folder could be on a server in a networked
environment? I don't know the answers to these questions but I know it
won't matter if I use the API call.
Blue Mango Multimedia
trevor at mangomultimedia.com
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