Question: changing the default data location for an app

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

  1. moun10addict macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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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