Finally figured out a problem that was driving me nuts - the solution might be useful to others out there:
I'd keep opening up my project in IDEA, and it wouldn't be able to find the modules in the project. It kept saying "Can't find $PROJECT_DIR$/foo.iml", when the file clearly existed. I tried adjusting the 'use relative' and 'use absolute' paths options, but to no avail. If I manually edited the paths in the .ipr, then things worked fine until the next time I loaded up the project file, and the same problem would occur.
Turns out the problem was that the path to the '.ipr' file had a symbolic link to a directory. The actual file was here:
but I was loading up
where '/Users/ericlambrecht/foo' was a symbolic link to '/Users/ericlambrecht/Projects/foo/svn/trunk'.
Loading up the .ipr with a path with no symbolic links in it fixed everything. Hope this helps somebody else out there.
(I'm using build 7757 on OS X Leopard on a Macbook Pro)
Edited by: Eric Lambrecht on Jun 24, 2008 12:24 AM