mDesktop in Depth - File Location Options

 

File Location Options

These options allow you to specify where mDesktop should default to when looking for or creating various types of files.

 

Parameter files path

The Parameter Files Path from the mDesktop Options, File Locations screen allows you to specify a directory for mDesktop to look in for its parameter and matching results databases, instead of the default start directory and its sub directories.  For example, if you want to use PARAMS and WEIGHTS for a job for the ABC client which are different from the XYZ client, you can create directories called ABC and XYZ, each with their own, different values.  If you then set the Parameter Files Path to ABC, it will use these PARAMS and WEIGHTS, but if there is no PERFORM file in the ABC directory, it will use the one in the Database sub directory of mDesktop.

The files that mDesktop looks for in the Parameter Files Path before its normal default directories, together with the usage and the normal default directory, are listed below.  The suffix of each file is DBF unless otherwise specified.

Main directory for mDesktop:

  • PARAMS (the main file containing the parameters from the Other Parameters screen)

  • WEIGHTS (matching Weights)

  • NAMEPARM (the Name Matching matrix)

  • KEYSEQ.DBF and KEYSEQ.CDX (keyboard macros)

  • QUERY.DBF and QUERY.CDX (standard queries)

Database sub directory:

  • PERFORM.DBF and PERFORM.CDX (results of import and matching runs).

 

Current Import path

The Current Import path from the mDesktop Options, File Locations screen allows you to specify a different directory for mDesktop to look in for a Source File to open.  When you Import a Source File or open a Source File in the Setup Wizard, mDesktop updates this path to the directory that you select the new Source File from.

 

Current Main File path

The Current Main File path from the mDesktop Options, File Locations screen allows you to specify a different directory for mDesktop to look in for a Main File to open.  When you open a Main File from the menu or toolbar, or save a new Main File layout in the Setup Wizard, mDesktop updates this path to the directory that you select the Main File from.

 

Source File sub-folder

The Source File sub-folder from the mDesktop Options, File Locations screen allows you to specify a sub-folder of a "job folder" that you use for the data that you run mDesktop on.  For example, if you use a standard name for a job folder of JOB12345 with a standard sub-folder name for source files of SOURCE, enter the name SOURCE in this option.  

 

 

Main File sub-folder

When you save a new Main File layout in the Setup Wizard, mDesktop will default to save the file in a sub-folder of this name, either within the directory that you select the Source File from, or within the directory above that if the Source File is in a sub-folder matching the name in the Source File sub-folder described above.  For example, if you use a standard name for a job folder of JOB12345 with a standard sub-folder name for mDesktop files of WORK, enter the name WORK in this option.

 

 

Temporary files path

The Temporary Files path from the mDesktop Options, File Locations screen allows you to specify the directory that mDesktop uses to store temporary files.  You can specify this path when you install mDesktop, but change it at any time using this option – you must restart mDesktop for it to take effect.  You should select a directory on a local hard disk – if you have more than one local hard disk, we recommend that you store temporary files on a different physical hard disk from that on which mDesktop is installed. mDesktop creates a lot of temporary files, which are usually cleaned up when you close mDesktop, but if it crashes, they will not be deleted.

 

 

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This option specifies where the primary mDesktop data files are located. This includes, but is not limited to, the following types of information.

  • Single word lookup (Names & Words table)

  • Two word lookup (Names & Words table)

  • Business Noise Words (Names & Words table)

  • Mailsort data

  • etc.

 

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