is it possible to point to a different place to load the license key?

We would like to point to a common place in our repository for our config files (to reuse templates, etc) - I figured out how to do that in the idea.lax file.

The only problem is, the idea key is in the root of that directory. Obviously we need to each point to individual keys. Is there any way to tell idea to look in some other location to find the key?

-Steve

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If you're using Unix or Mac, maybe you could make the file a symbolic link to /etc/idea40.key or something on the user's machine, somehow.

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Good call, I you can do that with NT too. I'll try that out.

It would be nice if there were an idea way of doing this though...

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Steve Conover wrote:

Good call, I you can do that with NT too. I'll try that out.

It would be nice if there were an idea way of doing this though...

There is no supported way of doing this, although IDEA will pick up
license files from the old locations, which are \idea.license and \idea.license. It is not recommended to use these, since IDEA will try to use ]]>\idea40.key whenever possible, specifically if
you enter a new license key, it will be saved to this location. Also,
this behaviour could possibly change in future releases.
I would suggest, instead of trying to tweak the license file, write a
little script to update your config folder from some central location.
You will have much better control over it this way.

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I've been considering the script approach. I'd like to see where I can get with more automatic approaches so people don't have to remember to do some step every time they sync.

Thanks,
-Steve

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Renaming to idea.license and moving it to /bin worked great, thanks for the tip.

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Maybe jetbrains would consider floating or multiple user license keys in a future release. Then maybe you could have multiple people all pointing to the same license file or license repository.

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charles decroes wrote:

Maybe jetbrains would consider floating or multiple user license keys in a future release. Then maybe you could have multiple people all pointing to the same license file or license repository.

Such arrangements may be possible, depending on your situation. Contact
Sales (sales@jetbrains.com) for more information.

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Regards,
Rob Harwood
Software Developer
JetBrains, Inc
http://www.intellij.com
"Develop with pleasure!"

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