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citizenkeys

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would it be possible to have mediaportal with a 'self-contained' option to put everything in one folder?

right now, settings are in:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\

i would like settings to be in:
C:\Program Files\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\


if every setting is going to be located in a single folder anyway ("All users") then I just don't see the point in having a separate folder just for settings.
 

tourettes

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    Program files and data files are ment to be kept in separate places. This is how Windows wants to have those files (normal user accout doesn't even have a write access to the program files). This is how all OSes behave.
     

    citizenkeys

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    with all due respect, i could care less what windows wants.

    i'm effectively the only user on my system. as such, i have admin rights on my own system.

    what got me thinking about this was installing XBMC. XBMC for windows has an option in the installer to keep it self-contained (app and settings all in the program directory).
     

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    what got me thinking about this was installing XBMC. XBMC for windows has an option in the installer to keep it self-contained (app and settings all in the program directory).
    And that is just bad behaving application if such is possible.
     

    citizenkeys

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    well like i said, it was an option. and not even the default option, either.

    having such an option makes debugging a bit easier. having the app, skin cache, config files, in one location lets me test stuff without having half a dozen explorer windows open to keep track of it all.
     

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    Oh, forgot to say that there is one .xml file in MP root folder that can redirect the folders where ever you want to.
     

    citizenkeys

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    things like that... the undocumented "oh, by the way" things that turn out to be really useful.

    i was looking at the mediaportal.xml file earlier and noticed that there seemed to be some undocumented settings.

    also... are all those empty "share" entries in mediaportal.xml really necessary? there's about a hundred of them and they are all empty.

    i'm getting ready to do do a pdf of all the mediaportal documentation. i'd like to get all those xml settings in there. please direct me to a starting point if there's already some sort of documentation for all the xml settings.
     

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    things like that... the undocumented "oh, by the way" things that turn out to be really useful.
    Who says it is not documented? :p Maybe not the best possible way, but it is something that normal users dont have to play with.

    UserGuides/Switch-stable-svn-builds - MediaPortal Manual Documentation

    i was looking at the mediaportal.xml file earlier and noticed that there seemed to be some undocumented settings.

    also... are all those empty "share" entries in mediaportal.xml really necessary? there's about a hundred of them and they are all empty.
    Sounds like a bug or bad design to me.

    i'm getting ready to do do a pdf of all the mediaportal documentation. i'd like to get all those xml settings in there. please direct me to a starting point if there's already some sort of documentation for all the xml settings.
    MediaPortal.xml is 99% written by the config. Only few unsupported debug settings are available as an extra (and those are usually targeted for team's internal use).
     

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