By default, user-modifiable LOGDRAFT files such as boring log report and data entry forms, grain size specification envelopes (if GrainSize, CLSuite4 or LabSuite4 has been licensed), Proctor test specifications (if Proctor or LabSuite4 has been licensed) and CONS machine deflection tables are stored either:
- In the program's installation directory (on Windows XP computers)
C:\Users\Public\Documents\GEOSYSTEM(on Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers)
You may want to move these files to a different location for few different reasons:
- You might want to write-protect the program's installation directory.
- You might want to install the software on each individual machine, but share your configuration files on a network path.
To do this, you need to create a directory to hold the program's user-configurable files (if it's going to be located on a network share, make sure that all users have full access rights to the directory), then follow the directions given below.
To instruct the program to use an alternative file path for its report and data entry forms, graphical symbol files, and user-configurable settings:
- Start the software, then select Options > Setup General Options then click on File Path in the left-side navigation panel.
- Enter the path to where you want the program to store all user-writeable files into the Report, data entry form and shareable configuration files directory box.
- If you select a path that includes a mapped network drive, LOGDRAFT will convert your path to a fully-qualified UNC network path when you close the dialog (for example, if you select
E:\is a mapped network drive pointing to
\\FILESERVER\USERFILES, the program will actually set your file path to be
\\FILESERVER\USERFILES\GEOFILES. This is done to avoid problems with drive mappings being different between computers on a network, and with drive mappings that disappear when a computer is rebooted.
If you do not have the software initialize your new data file subdirectory with files copied over from an old data file subdirectory, you will immediately run into trouble because the software will not have any configuration files from which to base your reports. You can fix this problem by re-opening the configuration dialog, clicking on File Path in the left-side navigation panel, then clicking on the Copy Files from an Alternate Location. At the following path selection dialog, navigate to the old subdirectory that held the program's data files.
- You can get a set of data files from the program's as-installed data file directory, which is typically
C:\Program Files\GEOSYSon a Windows XP computer, and
C:\users\public\documents\GEOSYSTEMon a Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer.