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jonesy

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Search paths advice
« on: April 20, 2005, 09:07:52 AM »
I am looking for advice on how to ensure the search paths etc set-up are not changed.

For example, if I set up a machine with all the paths set to the relevent places, and a user decides to change where their machine looks for the items, I want AutoCAD to look in the places I specify when it is started next time.

What is the best (and easiest) way to achieve this. I dont want to completely lock the system down so users have no customisation, but I need to ensure AutoCAD to always start with all the correct paths.

Sorry if the question is not clear!

Many thanks for your advice.

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hendie

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2005, 09:12:43 AM »
Profiles !
you can add a switch to the acad icon to ensure it always starts with the correct profile.

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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2005, 09:35:21 AM »
I would say add a lisp to the acad.lsp that sets the search paths on startup of Acad.
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hendie

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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2005, 09:36:27 AM »
or imports a profile and sets it current

ronjonp

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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2005, 09:36:52 AM »
If you compile a complete list of search paths, you could take out the expath portion of this code and the paths would always be the same. Put this in their startup:

http://www.theswamp.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=55456#55456

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TimSpangler

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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2005, 09:41:16 AM »
If you have a company partial menu that loads at startup add that code the the .mnl so it loads when the menuloads. (everytime acad starts).  This is sorta how i load/ unload search paths for differant menus.
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2005, 09:59:44 AM »
Or you could you profiles as hendie is suggesting. Them are a beautiful tool.

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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2005, 12:41:34 PM »
Profiles get my vote.  I have a couple of dozen launch icons tied to different profiles.  Most are client specific and some are function specific.

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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2005, 12:49:07 PM »
Profiles can be changed by the user and resaved. IMHO the best way to do it is to either rewrite the paths every time the user launches AutoCAD via lisp or acad.dvb or to write them in the registry via an external program (the method I use).

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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2005, 01:46:45 PM »
Quote from: Tim Riley
Profiles can be changed by the user and resaved.
Only if they'd like their breathing privileges reduced dramatically. Actually I take a belt and suspenders approach by setting the path with the client specific MNL.

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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2005, 08:41:03 AM »
Thanks for your advice one and all. I'll have to get on it in my 4 hours a week "Manager Time"

One day the company might realise I can get things running much smoother if they give me the time to actually do something, instead of spending part of the time trying to figure out where I left off last time! :(

Oh well, never mind. I'm just "wishful thinking!"
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