Changing .IntellJXXX directory during installation

Hi,

I noticed significant lag using IntelliJ on a new machine (e.g. it takes 2-3 seconds when trying to expand src folder in the package view), and although I'm not 100% positive that this is the culprit, my guess is that the lag is due to the ".IntelliJXXX" directory being placed under "My Documents/apps/xp", which itself is on a mapped directory thus incurring network cost. I tried reinstalling it with "install only for the current user" unchecked to no avail. It's unclear to me why said directory isn't placed under "C:/Documents and Settings/]]>/Application Data".

I was wondering if there was a way to instruct IDEA to use a different directory pre- or post-installation; or perhaps the lag is due to an entirely different cause I'm not aware of. I'd really like get this issue resolved since I'm afraid of having to turn to another IDE... any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Hello milfredjackson,

You can specify the name of the IDEA settings directory by editing the idea.properties
file in the 'bin' directory under the IDEA installation directory.

I noticed significant lag using IntelliJ on a new machine (e.g. it
takes 2-3 seconds when trying to expand src folder in the package
view), and although I'm not 100% positive that this is the culprit, my
guess is that the lag is due to the ".IntelliJXXX" directory being
placed under "My Documents/apps/xp", which itself is on a mapped
directory thus incurring network cost. I tried reinstalling it with
"install only for the current user" unchecked to no avail. It's
unclear to me why said directory isn't placed under "C:/Documents and
Settings/<username>/Application Data".

I was wondering if there was a way to instruct IDEA to use a different
directory pre- or post-installation; or perhaps the lag is due to an
entirely different cause I'm not aware of. I'd really like get this
issue resolved since I'm afraid of having to turn to another IDE...
any help would be greatly appreciated!

--
Dmitry Jemerov
Development Lead
JetBrains, Inc.
http://www.jetbrains.com/
"Develop with Pleasure!"


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Hi Dmitry,

Thanks so much for your help! IDEA is back to its usual self now.

Regards,
M.

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