Saving data in List Magic tables

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Thu Aug 5 12:45:34 EDT 2010

charles61 wrote:

 > After going to Key Ray's site, I found "asup" as code for Application
 > Support constant for OS X. Is this the best place to put your app
 > when you install it on an user's OS X computer?

Now you've gone an opened up a can of worms, Charles! :)

This question touches on a few issues, but let's handle the small one first:

If you want to save DATA (not the app, we'll get to that in a moment) to 
the Application Data folder, you need to decide which one.  There's a 
system-wide one in the System folder, and a user-specific one in the 
user's Library folder.

The system-wide one can be useful for data which will be used by all 
users on that machine:

   get specialFolderPath("asup")

There is no special constant for the user's App Support folder, but you 
can get it by concatenating the user folder with the App Support folder:

   get specialFolderPath("home")& specialFolderPath("asup")

But that's for data only.  And Apple gets somewhat specific about 
*which* data should go there - see this overview of "Where to put 
application files":

In short, they suggest using the Preferences folder for prefs data, and 
Application Support for "any type of file that supports the application 
but is not required for the application to run."

As for the application itself, it should go into the Applications folder 
on OS X and Program Files on Windows.  But remember that modern versions 
of both OS X and Windows can restrict access to those folders for 
non-admin accounts.

For Windows, any installer builder you use will allow an option for the 
user to elevate privileges to a level appropriate for installation, or 
if you're rolling your own you can use the option for setting User 
Access Control in Rev's Standalone Builder.

On OS X, it's common to deliver apps in a DMG image file, so they user 
will be able to put it wherever they have permissions to do so.

Once the app is installed, if the user doesn't have admin permissions 
the app may not be able to write to its own folder. So for things like 
your Reports stack, I would consider using Application Support on OS X 
and Application Data on Windows.

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