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Bug 74621 - OSX preferences and cache folder
Summary: OSX preferences and cache folder
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: platform
Classification: Unclassified
Component: -- Other -- (show other bugs)
Version: 5.x
Hardware: Macintosh All
: P3 blocker (vote)
Assignee: issues@platform
Depends on:
Reported: 2006-04-08 04:20 UTC by aristedes
Modified: 2009-01-06 14:37 UTC (History)
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Description aristedes 2006-04-08 04:20:51 UTC
On OSX there are specific places to keep preferences and cache files. There are
numerous advantages to putting files in these places:

* modules saved within the application are lost when the application is upgraded
(many OSX users are used to replacing the entire application during an upgrade)

* .netbeans is invisible in the Finder and this makes it awkward to edit its

* ~/Library/Application Support/Netbeans/ is a good place for user specific modules

* /Library/Application Support/Netbeans is a good place for system wide modules

* ~/Library/Preferences/Netbeans is where a user would expect to find their

* ~/Library/Caches/Netbeans is where cache files should go

* By putting files in these places many OSX features work better: users who have
file server mounted home directories would normally point ~/Library/Caches/ to a
local disk; automated backup scripts usually look for preferences in the
Preferences folder; users who migrate to a new home directory would often miss
an invisible .netbeans folder; etc.

Hopefully these changes are relatively easy to accomplish.