odd directory behaviour in DreamCard

Alex Tweedly alex at tweedly.net
Sun Feb 20 21:40:29 EST 2005

Dr.John R.Vokey wrote:

> Thanks, Alex.  I take it that means that my method of setting the path 
> of subsidiary folders won't work in Dreamcard Player.  So what does 
> one do?
I wish I had a good answer for that ...... here's what I do.

[context here was that before Dreamcard Player, I would just use "the 
folderpath of this stack" and store my data files in there]

>I've worked around this by (once only) asking the using to specify the 
>folder they wish to use, and storing this in a preferences file; if I 
>find a prefs file and it specifies a data folder, then there's no need 
>to ask again. Code something like
>>/   if lPrefsFileName is empty then
>/>/     if the platform is "Win32" then
>/>/       put specialfolderPath(baseconvert("0x001c", 16, 10)) into tFolder
>/>/     else
>/>/       put specialFolderPath("Preferences") into tFolder
>/>/     end if  /
It's not great - means the user has select a folder (or file) when they 
shouldn't need to - but it should only ever happen once to each user, so 
it's not too bad. Once the user has given a folder, its path can be 
stored in the prefs file, and therefore he is never asked again.

Alex Tweedly       http://www.tweedly.net

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