Project files blown away!!!!!!!!!!

When I upgraded from IDEA 3 to 4 (still in EAP), I copied my 3.0 projects into my IDEA4.0 install directory under IdeaProjects. I wanted to keep them separate (seems logical) in case I wanted to revert back to version 3.

Today I ran the 4.0.3 install .exe and the install blew away my IdeaProjects directory, that obviously included my project files, under the IDEA4.0 directory. To be honest, I think this happened once before during EAP (did I learn my lesson? No.) What I can't understand is why would the install remove non-IDEA directories?! At least WARN me! Tell me you are about to Eff up my day. Off to re-create my modules sigh

Jim

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+10, should also preserve plugins.

"Jim Clark" <jim.clark@idea.com> wrote in message
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When I upgraded from IDEA 3 to 4 (still in EAP), I copied my 3.0 projects

into my IDEA4.0 install directory under IdeaProjects. I wanted to keep them
separate (seems logical) in case I wanted to revert back to version 3.
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Today I ran the 4.0.3 install .exe and the install blew away my

IdeaProjects directory, that obviously included my project files, under the
IDEA4.0 directory. To be honest, I think this happened once before during
EAP (did I learn my lesson? No.) What I can't understand is why would the
install remove non-IDEA directories?! At least WARN me! Tell me you are
about to Eff up my day. Off to re-create my modules sigh
>

Jim

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It's generally a bad idea to store your files in the application directory.

To JetBrains credit, if you select an existing directory in "Choose install
folder" (at least in the build 1165 installer), an installer screen appears
saying "All files in this folder except your settings will be deleted," with
an option to retreat.

"Jim Clark" <jim.clark@idea.com> wrote in message
news:33010892.1081887676506.JavaMail.itn@is.intellij.net...

When I upgraded from IDEA 3 to 4 (still in EAP), I copied my 3.0 projects

into my IDEA4.0 install directory under IdeaProjects. I wanted to keep them
separate (seems logical) in case I wanted to revert back to version 3.
>

Today I ran the 4.0.3 install .exe and the install blew away my

IdeaProjects directory, that obviously included my project files, under the
IDEA4.0 directory. To be honest, I think this happened once before during
EAP (did I learn my lesson? No.) What I can't understand is why would the
install remove non-IDEA directories?! At least WARN me! Tell me you are
about to Eff up my day. Off to re-create my modules sigh
>

Jim

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Yep, learned that lesson during the last EAP. Store NOTHING in the
program directory because it will be blown away. I resisted using the
home directory for the project files, but it actually works pretty well.

Norris Shelton
Sun Certified Java Programmer




Jim Clark wrote:

>When I upgraded from IDEA 3 to 4 (still in EAP), I copied my 3.0 projects into my IDEA4.0 install directory under IdeaProjects. I wanted to keep them separate (seems logical) in case I wanted to revert back to version 3.
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>Today I ran the 4.0.3 install .exe and the install blew away my IdeaProjects directory, that obviously included my project files, under the IDEA4.0 directory. To be honest, I think this happened once before during EAP (did I learn my lesson? No.) What I can't understand is why would the install remove non-IDEA directories?! At least WARN me! Tell me you are about to Eff up my day. Off to re-create my modules sigh
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>Jim
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I know what it does and I know it warns me. I just think it shouldn't wipe
out directories it didn't create and it should preserve my plugins. Not a
big deal I wouldn't think.

"Andy Thomas-Cramer" <aAnNdDyY_tThHoOmMaAsS-cCrRaAmMeErR@aAvViIdD.cCoOmM>
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It's generally a bad idea to store your files in the application

directory.
>

To JetBrains credit, if you select an existing directory in "Choose

install

folder" (at least in the build 1165 installer), an installer screen

appears

saying "All files in this folder except your settings will be deleted,"

with

an option to retreat.

>

"Jim Clark" <jim.clark@idea.com> wrote in message
news:33010892.1081887676506.JavaMail.itn@is.intellij.net...

When I upgraded from IDEA 3 to 4 (still in EAP), I copied my 3.0

projects

into my IDEA4.0 install directory under IdeaProjects. I wanted to keep

them

separate (seems logical) in case I wanted to revert back to version 3.
>

Today I ran the 4.0.3 install .exe and the install blew away my

IdeaProjects directory, that obviously included my project files, under

the

IDEA4.0 directory. To be honest, I think this happened once before during
EAP (did I learn my lesson? No.) What I can't understand is why would the
install remove non-IDEA directories?! At least WARN me! Tell me you are
about to Eff up my day. Off to re-create my modules sigh
>

Jim

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The problem is, when you have an EAP version and the released version both installed. Now, I store settings and plugins for the released version in the user's home directory, for the EAP stuff in the install directory respectively.

Additionally, I never store project files within the hierarchy of (re)source folders, but in completely separate directories, so that they are not accidentally deleted. Also, project data is never stored in the System-partition of my Windows workstation, but in a separate drive, so that I am safe (fairly) if I have to reinstall my OS.

To me it is a major flaw of Windows anyway that user profiles and documents are stored in a directory under the system partition and that this folder is called "Dokumente und Einstellungen" (too long name with spaces) at least in the German flavor of the OS.

Neverless an installer should never delete files / folders it has not installed itself, whenever it is possible. So please, provide an option that plugins and projects could be preserved.

Best regards

Thomas Gülden
Munich, Germany

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