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  Re: using multiple versions of POV-ray-- library_paths question  
From: Kenneth
Date: 13 Sep 2020 16:10:00
Message: <web.5f5e7a766c1a673fd98418910@news.povray.org>
"Bald Eagle" <cre### [at] netscapenet> wrote:

Thanks for the insights and for thinking about this.

> The locations of those "special" folders are hard-coded somewhere, or in some
> ..ini file that you haven't found yet.

I've looked in all(?) the various .ini files and other 'human-readable' files,
in both 'Documents' and in C:\Program Files\POV-Ray... but no luck. Perhaps the
'hidden' library paths are coded somewhere in the DLLs? Not that I know
*anything* about DLLs!

> What I think you want to do is create a central folder, and then in the place
> where those folders are normally found, add a symbolic link that points to the
> central folder.
> In windows that might be a "shortcut" or something similar.

I actually did try that (in one form), for another of my 'Insert Menu' tests:
After moving that folder outside of its standard location, I tried placing a
Windows shortcut to it inside the original 'v3.7' folder-- but again, no luck.
No Insert Menu contents appear in POV-ray's menu.  :-(

I've tried to think of a way to combine BOTH the 'v3.7 and 'v3.7-beta' main
folders (in 'Documents') into a single folder, then simply eliminate the
redundant sets of files/folders... but I think it would royally screw things up,
if only because C:\Program Files... has them as separate entities, with some
'exclusive' files there for the various versions. It could end up being being a
bad experiment, with possibly unforseen problems.

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