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  • joehansen

    How to change location of personal settings?

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    We are working with XMetal Enterprise 6.0.1, and have a great need for changing the location of the XMetaL personal settings.
    The current location is: Documents and SettingsApplication DataSoftQuadXMetal

    The location is part of the Profile Storage of our PC's with very little available space. This is very difficult for us in the company to change the size of the profile storage.

    When using the preview function in Xmetal the size of the profile storage is exceeded and it is not possible to logoff or shut down the PC untill the XMetal settings have been deleted.

    Therfore we would like to create a work-around by changing the location of the XMetal Personal Settings to for examle My documents.

    Is this possible?

    Joe Hansen


    Derek Read

    Reply to: How to change location of personal settings?

    XMetaL Author Enterprise uses the standard Windows %appdata% location to store some files.

    You might configure Windows to use another folder for %appdata% if perhaps there is more storage space on a second drive or something. That would be a standard Windows IT adminstrator task (documented by Microsoft).

    However, it sounds like your issue might have to do with the DITA Open Toolkit deployment (just a guess, but you mention “preview” comes into play here). The DITA OT is 'deployed' to %appdata% as well, in the following location to be precise:
    %appdata%SoftQuadXMetaL Shared

    The DITA OT is not big (as far as today's drive sizes are concerned) at about 53MB but I suppose if you are really short of space it might be a problem.

    You can alter this particular location using a parameter called “DITA_OT_BUILD_DIR”. It was not designed for this purpose but you could try it to see if it gets you past your issue. The location you specify will need to be a location the user has full read/write access to and should be a location they have sole control over (ie: a path on a local drive).

    I think it might be far easier to see if you can locate and remove a few hundred MB from the machine by cleaning up any temporary files before messing with these types of settings. If your users will be generating any significant amount of output from DITA content and they are already running into hard drive space issues I would also seriously consider the fact that they will require more space in the future.

    For detailed information on “DITA_OT_BUILD_DIR” have a look at the recording and slideshow linked to from this page for details (and to decide if this is going to create any other problems for you):,1008.0.html



    Reply to: How to change location of personal settings?

    Hi Derek

    Thank you very much for your reply.
    I think that I will try to convince the IT administrators to either increase the Profile Storage or to make the profile storage local so that each user can set the storage to a size that fits his/hers need.



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