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Mac OSX folders needed by application
What is the best way to reference and use folders on a Mac in Qt ? I'm finding that the ApplicationDirPath is coming back with some extra folders in the path name which is messing up finding associated folders relative to Windows and Linux .
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I have dealt with this in the past . Because of osx bundle madness. I wrote a helper function that just uses QString and cuts off the bundle madness. Alternatively if you are asking about system wide paths take a look at QStanderedPaths .
I have an application and some associated files. First I was just putting them an folder , app and associated folders. On windows it is easy to reference these folders based on the location of the application . On Mac I get an extra mess for the application path. Could you share your helper function ideas ? This seems like something that should be standard in Qt, if it's going to be truly Cross Platform.
What folders do you have in mind ?
Where are you putting them ?
What is your use of them ?
Right now I'm just building, and the application couldn't fine the folders
Bin folder with application
Menu folder that builds a dynamic menu
Des folder that has some information
Image that has images to display
I added CONFIG -= app_bundle to .pro file and now running the app finds the folders..
I guess I could have a predefined folder for Mac and Windows somewhere
Where are you storing them on Windows and Linux ?
On Windows and Linux it's the same folder as application ..
Image and Des folder looks like static content, right ?
What about Menu ? Is it something your user can modify ?
Right image and des is static content, but would likely be changed with minor updates.
One menu is built from menu files. This will probably go into a dialog for selection rather than menu.
One of the menus the user can customize.
Then regardless of the OS, you should put that user customizable subfolder in the
The other folders content will be updated when you provide a new version of the application.
In any case, don't put anything user editable in the same folder as the binary. On Windows, the folder is read-only, and it should be the same on Linux.
Thanks, I'll try that