[Spambayes] Details in headers

Moore, Paul Paul.Moore at atosorigin.com
Wed Jan 29 09:14:44 EST 2003

From: Meyer, Tony [mailto:T.A.Meyer at massey.ac.nz]
> Based on a search through my system, the overwhelming vote from
> developers seems to be in the directory of the application itself (so
> spambayes/). The leading second choise is in "[main drive]:\Documents
> and Settings\[username]\Application Data\[Application Name]\".

One big problem with the second option is that the "Application Data"
directory in the middle of that is hidden, and on Windows this makes it
*very* hard to get at. Explorer doesn't display it unless you change a
global setting, command line completion and the like ignores it. You
basically have to type it in exactly as written, with no help at all
from the system. And don't forget the quotes you need because of the

I agree the second option is by far the most correct. But putting it
there makes it 99.9% inaccessible for all but the most determined of
users. So you'd better not be expecting the user to edit it manually.
And your install/uninstall process had better create and delete the
directory with no user intervention (for all users, not just the one
doing the (un)install!!!)

As usual, MS had a sensible idea, and then broke it totally in the name
of "user friendliness" :-(


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