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Valyar June 2nd, 2018 07:14 AM

Relocating the database and backup folder
 
I would like to relocate the RW's database and other folders to a different disk with better performance. I don't see any way to do it, except using junctions (symbolic links) to the other volume.

%homepath%\Documents\Realm Works -> D:\Realm Works\Data
%appdata%\Roaming\LWD Technology, Inc\Realm Works -> D:\Realm Works

The only registry key I found is "Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Lone Wolf Development\Realm Works" and there is value "Install Path" that points to the some temp directory C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp\RealmWorks directory with single sync folder... :confused:

Do you know if there will be issues with this approach?

kbs666 June 2nd, 2018 11:36 AM

Yes, there will be issues with that approach. But your user directory should be on the fastest drive you have so I think your are going about this backward anyway.

Valyar June 2nd, 2018 12:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kbs666 (Post 266884)
Yes, there will be issues with that approach. But your user directory should be on the fastest drive you have so I think your are going about this backward anyway.

Care to elaborate what kind of issues?

Moving the profile directory cannot be done in supported way post-installation, the hassle is too much and gains are few. Also there are reasons why people should not do that. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...rectory-to-a-d

Parody June 2nd, 2018 01:06 PM

Realm Works already lets you change the Backups folder (the one that, by default, is in your Documents folder) and set how many it keeps. In the Launcher, go to Tools, Manage Database, Automatic Backups.

kbs666 June 2nd, 2018 03:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Valyar (Post 266885)
Care to elaborate what kind of issues?

Moving the profile directory cannot be done in supported way post-installation, the hassle is too much and gains are few. Also there are reasons why people should not do that. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...rectory-to-a-d

It just won't work.

You shouldn't move your profile directory off the drive it was created on. You should move that whole drive if you have a faster physical drive, assuming it has the capacity. You fastest drive should always be your boot drive and that should be where your profile goes.

Valyar June 2nd, 2018 11:19 PM

To report the end of this exercise: Realm Works' data folders are moved without re-installation to another drive. Directory junctions are used to make it work. No registry changes are required.
I also had some time to fool around and made App-V package... :D

The overview:
  1. Create the new folder structure at the destination drive. RW should be off.
  2. Move the each folder via robocopy or cut-paste in Explorer (we assume the permissions on the file system are set properly. If you doubt, robocopy with /COPY:ALL switch will keep them)
  3. Create directory junction point as specified above by using command line (mklink /j). This will redirect transparently for the application all read/writes to the other drive.
  4. Start RW. Enjoy.

Next challenge is to make it portable without virtualization technologies, but I assume the program is having hard-coded values that will prevent me to enjoy it running from external device without installation. :D

Quote:

It just won't work.
I don't know what won't work, but as I stated above - I intended to move only RW's data files, not my whole profile. :)

Moving the home directory is pointless exercise, as described in the support article, and should be done in very specific cases and with the proper tools. Not in the middle of the life of existing installation.

kbs666 June 3rd, 2018 02:41 AM

You're not the first person to try this. Its never gone well. You were warned.

Valyar June 3rd, 2018 05:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kbs666 (Post 266897)
You're not the first person to try this. Its never gone well. You were warned.

You still don't say why and what went wrong. ;)

Junction points are standard way to provide backward compatibility for applications that are hard coded to look for C:\Documents and Settings, instead of addressing the system variables. What I did was to take care of mechanism that is transparent for RW and move the database and the folder structure in Documents folder.

I was exploring all activity of RW with Sysinternal tools before doing so, and nothing leads me to believe that this will have any problem. I will work with that for week or two, but so far it works just fine.

Farling June 3rd, 2018 07:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Valyar (Post 266904)
You still don't say why and what went wrong. ;)

Searching the forums will show you example of what went wrong ;)

Valyar June 3rd, 2018 08:32 AM

The two threads I found are those:
http://forums.wolflair.com/showthrea...light=Relocate
http://forums.wolflair.com/showthrea...light=Relocate

Today I was doing data uploads, tested exports, imports, sync and other jobs and all workks fine so far. I also moved the temp directory where db log files are and the program is not misbehaving.


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