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Bug 159596 - Better support for multiple computers
Summary: Better support for multiple computers
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 42157
Alias: None
Product: ide
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Import Settings (show other bugs)
Version: 6.x
Hardware: All All
: P3 blocker (vote)
Assignee: Jiri Skrivanek
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-03-04 11:05 UTC by fommil
Modified: 2009-03-06 09:55 UTC (History)
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Description fommil 2009-03-04 11:05:58 UTC
NetBeans is a nightmare to keep synchronised across multiple machines. I store my ~/.netbeans folder on a WebDAV (network drive) which I can access 
from multiple Apple machines. However, this (obviously) breaks if the project file structure is not the same on all machines meaning that it won't work for 
Linux or Windows machines. It also demands that exactly the same version of netbeans, and modules be loaded on all machines.

Additionally, this setup has other flaws including the shear quantity of config files that NetBeans writes to disk (not counting the var directory, which I keep 

It would be optimal if NetBeans could store all of its configuration in a single file, or at the very least only store non-default settings to disk. This would 
dramatically reduce the number of config files that are written to disk and simplify the issue of keeping several machines in sync.

Alternatively... if the NetBeans team could come up with a more portable system for synchronising configs, that would be great.
Comment 1 Jiri Skrivanek 2009-03-06 09:55:24 UTC
I hope your requirements are fulfilled by implementing issue 42157. It allows to export/import options between users. If
you use java projects, you can utilize shared libraries feature. Also you can store your projects in some of versioning
control systems and easily share them with colleagues. Also you can install the NetBeans IDE on a network drive and
share this installation. It depends on exact nature of your work.

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 42157 ***