P: Creating Directories in Inappropriate Locations ~/Documents

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LEGEND ,
Apr 18, 2012 Apr 18, 2012

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Adobe Lightroom 4 is annoyingly creating a directory in ~/Documents on Mac OS X. For example: /Users/smith/Documents/Adobe. Contained within this Adobe directory is an empty directory named "dynamiclinkmediaserver". This is an inappropriate place to create files or directories of this nature. OS X has other directories that can and should be used for settings, preferences, temporary files, and others of similar nature.These two directories are created every time that Lightroom 4 is launched, even after deletion. Please avoid creating these directories in ~/Documents and put them somewhere else in future patches and versions of Lightroom. I look forward to this annoyance being squashed. Thanks, and keep up the good work otherwise.

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Adobe Employee , Jan 10, 2017 Jan 10, 2017
I've asked out engineers to look into this issue. Thanks.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 26, 2019 Dec 26, 2019

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Every time I open Lightroom Classic CC, it creates the folders "Adobe" and "LrClassicLogs" in my documents folder.
I understand that these folders are necessary, but they should NOT be in this place, as my documents folder is for my own documents only, not for other software cache, which has many other places dedicated for it in other places on my system.

I cannot delete these folders, nor can I change any settings for where these folders are saved by default.

Please can this be fixed and/or solved, I am not the first to have this same problem.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 25, 2020 Apr 25, 2020

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I just wanted to echo the inappropriateness of Adobe creating a folder under My Documents. Please fix this, Adobe.

Alternatively, please provide an option to disable the dynamiclinkmediaserver, which appears to be the source of this directory.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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On macOS Lightroom Classic creates folder in user’s Documents area. 

From Apple guidelines:

It is important to remember that the user domain (/Users) is intended for files created by the user. With the exception of the ~/Library directory, your application should never install files into the user’s home directory. In particular, you should never install files into a user’s Documents directory or into the /Users/Shared directory. These directories should only be modified by the user.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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LEGEND ,
Dec 16, 2020 Dec 16, 2020

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The folder Adobe creates on my Mac's Document folder is "Creative Cloud Files", which contains one stray PSD file. Seriously, this is what bothers you? Seems like a COMPLETELY trivial issue to me (25-year Mac IT Pro career), since it causes NO HARM. Adobe has bigger fish to fry!

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LEGEND ,
Dec 16, 2020 Dec 16, 2020

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*carlos_cardona The user should decide what files and folders they put in Documents folder. Not applications. 

Perhaps you don't mind a messy mac. To each their own. Some people don't mind having 50 stray files and folders all over their desktop either. However, other people like me prefer to have a clean and neat mac. I work better without extraneous junk and clutter. 

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New Here ,
Dec 16, 2020 Dec 16, 2020

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*carlos_cardona

*allison_rosenlund 

I totally agree with Allison here, I do not like clutter on my computer that I can't change. Not only does Apple clearly state that applications shouldn't be doing this, but when it comes to 9 years of the same feedback, you would think, being that this isn't a big fish to fry, that it would take maybe a week to fix this issue. An issue that many people over many years over many applications have complained about. Especially when people have been paying $600 a year to use it. 

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LEGEND ,
Dec 16, 2020 Dec 16, 2020

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Oh I'm totally ANAL about a clean Mac, my desktop has 8 folders in neat rows, and I run the Clean Up command regularly! You can't call one more folder inside Documents "messy" (unless you are even more ANAL than me?) I SUPPOSE that's possible, but the saying "let the small stuff slide" saves my sanity!

A week of all the Adobe engineers' time is a ton of money for Adobe to spend on something that bothers 10 people.

$600/year? $9.99 X 12 is $119.88/year for the Photography Plan. I remember buying the whole Creative Cloud CDs for all my Mac employees, at several companies, at $1000/employee! And 4 years later you'd have to do it again, so $119.88 is a bargain!

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LEGEND ,
Dec 16, 2020 Dec 16, 2020

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~/Documents folder is a part of the cloud folder, that Adobbe "engineers" don't know that Mac OS has special places to be used for application specific files.

It is about engineering culture, not to trash user space with a files that users don't need. Instead of blame users suggest Adobbe to read Developers Guidelines.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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The issue I had, was that Lightroom did not start if ~/Documents did not exist. It silently crashed without a notice. No idea if this still is the case.

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Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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@carlos_cardona

I'm certainly not suggesting that ALL the adobe engineers work on this, i'm suggesting one or two. And I have 3 folders, so having one extra upsets the balance. At this point it's on principal, they shouldn't be creating folders the main user dialogue and after 9 years one would think an issue that has so many comments would at least have garnered adobes attention. And the $600 refers to all of the creative suites, of which Lightroom and photoshop both have this issue. SO if I were to use Lightroom, I'd have 2 empty unusable irritating folders.

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