What and Where is IDE's user directory?

For Creator 2, IDE's default user directory is at: $UserHome/.Creator/2_0

$UserHome is
- On Windows, C:\\DOcument and Settings\\$username
- On Unices, it is users home directory

Users can specify their own user directory with an argument while starting IDE like:
On Windows C:\\Sun\\Creator2\\bin> creator.exe -userdir $user_specified_userdir
On Unices, \\home\\$username\\Creator2\\bin\\creator -userdir $user_specified_userdir

IDE's user directory contains changes, configurations and resource additions that user's perform with IDE like
- Adding New JDBC Drivers
- Adding New DataSources
- Adding New WebServices and EJB's for consumption via Servers Window
- Making changes to IDE Options like editor settings, proxy changes

IDE usually uses new user directories across new releases. Some releases might provide a way to import users directories that contain their settings from the previous release.

Warning:

Purging the userdirectory would be equal to cleaning up all the configuration changes that has been done to the IDE installation by user, like reverting back to the Out-of-the-box state. Corrupt user directories could result in some unexplainable behavior in IDE. In such cases, users are suggested to restart their IDE with a new userdir to see if their problem goes away.

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