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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:16 am 
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How to get to the Library folder in Mavericks.

https://www.macworld.com/article/205722 ... ricks.html

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:02 am 
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The File / Show Installed Extensions Folder menu option opens the correct folder (~/Library/Inform/Extensions) even if Library is hidden.


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OK, but neither of those things makes the contents of the Library folder available to searches. If I type "English Language Surprise" into Spotlight, or into the search box that I get when I try to attach a file to a post in this forum, I don't get the installed extension file.

I can get to it my navigating through my file paths--if I go to my Home->Library->Inform->Extensions->Matt Weiner->English Language Surprise--but this is cumbersome and I usually forget I can do it.

Mostly I'm mentioning this in order to point out to the OP (if they're still reading) that the extensions can wind up in a somewhat nonintuitive place, which can make it hard to get rid of them. I suspect this isn't a problem except for modified versions of English Language or Standard Rules, because those are the extensions that get included automatically. (Well, if you modify an extension and you can't get rid of the modified copy and you want the old one back, that's a problem whenever you include it. But not if you don't include it.)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:25 pm 
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Right, sorry. I use command-line tools for searching that stuff.

Now that Inform supports loading extensions from project.materials/Extensions, there's a good argument for using that location for *all* extensions used by a particular project.

- Searchable
- Can be backed up or put into version control along with the rest of your project
- Each project has exactly the right version of each extension, regardless of what you used for later projects


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The main downside to that, from my perspective, is I can't access the extension from the File menu. Which means I can't open it in the IDE, I need to go into my Materials folder and open it in a text editor without I7 syntax highlighting or nice table formatting.

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The other thing for me is that usually either I'm working on the extension as a standalone thing, which means that I don't want it in a materials file, or I'm just trying to upload it somewhere, which means I have to extract it from the Library once--but to put it in the materials folder I'd have to extract it anyway (I think).

Like this time, when I was hoping someone else would download my extension and find out what the surprise was! C'mon Hanon, you know you want to.


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matt w wrote:
C'mon Hanon, you know you want to.


Okay, fine, I will have a cashew from this closed but completely innocent-looking can that rattles...

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>EAT CASHEWS
He saw nothing wrong with the cashews.

<munch munch munch>

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Thanks for the advice...

I'll be pretty careful about how I go with my English language extension, then. Right now I'm not working on anything that needs an extension anyway.


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