Question: changing the default data location for an app

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by moun10addict, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. moun10addict macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2008
    Hi all,
    Sorry for asking such a dumb question in this forum. I'm not a programmer, but have a question that probably only you can answer since I haven't found the answer anywhere else.

    OK, so the question is: how do I tell an application (specifically iCal, Address Book, Mail, iPhoto, iTunes) to look for it's default data in a different location. For example, iCal gets its calendar data from ~/Library/Calendars. How would I make iCal instead get this from, for example ~/Desktop/Calendars?

    I'm sure it's probably a simple change to an application file, but I just need to know which one and how to do it.

    I really appreciate your help!
  2. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    It might not be possible, but you could try making an alias from your new folder to the original folder. So for example you could replace the folder ~/Library/Calendars with an alias to another folder.
  3. moun10addict thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2008
    That was my first thought, so I tried moving it, then making an alias, but unfortunately that did not work. It's like the app will not read an alias. Thank you though for the suggestion.

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