"Import Settings" is confusing during installation

I store config and caches in my user home folder, to make it easier to install multiple versions of EAP.

In the installation, I find the "You can import your settings..." page a bit confusing.

I've already specified to use my user home folder. So what does "import settings" actually mean in this case?

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I've already specified to use my user home folder. So what does "import

settings" actually mean in this case?

In fact, it doesn't do anything if both config and system folders are the
same for the previous version. I agree that it's a bit confusing. Any
suggestion how to solve this issue in the UI?

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I store config and caches in my user home folder, to make it easier to

install multiple versions of EAP.
>

In the installation, I find the "You can import your settings..." page a

bit confusing.
>

I've already specified to use my user home folder. So what does "import

settings" actually mean in this case?


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Some other confusing things:

"import your settings" - is this supposed to apply to the data cache as well? If so, then "settings" is the wrong terminology.

The text for the first radio button doesn't include the option that you've already got settings in the selected folder - even changing this text to include this option would be helpful.

"Select location of previous version of IDEA": if you previously chose to store your settings in another folder, then you might want to choose this folder, which isn't an installation folder.


Another terminology thing (or bug) in another part of the installation process.
If you choose an existing installation folder as the new installation folder, then the next page talks about only keeping your settings. Does this include the caches?


And a bug.
If you choose an existing installation folder, and then go back and change it to a new folder, you don't get the pages about where to put your settings etc.

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Here's one suggestion.

Firstly, separate out settings and cache, so that on the page where you specify your user settings, you also specify the option about importing settings (and similarly for the cache page).

The options for importing should be:
use existing settings within folder
don't import settings
import settings (and specify folder).

If the folder you specified already contains a "config" folder, then only the first option should be enabled, and it should be selected. Note that the folder would not to be be user home - it could be "Other".

Otherwise (no existing "config" folder), the latter 2 options should be enabled (with the default being "don't import").

What's enabled would have to dynamically change based on what folder you selected.

In this way, you would have more flexibility, such as choosnig to move your setting from your previous installation folder to your user home folder, or vice-versa.

The same options would apply to the cache page.

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