Moving and Shaking

Right. It gets technical now.

It seems my problems at work where my laptop takes an age to sign-on is due to it making a copy of your profile onto our LAN. For “roaming” purposes. Therefore the more you have in your profile folder, the longer it takes.

So I set about reducing this down. And in the process, I came across a number of useful workarounds and general tips.

As part of this (because IE puts its temporary files in your profile folder) I’ve created a “Temporary Files” folder on C: (both at home and at work) where I’m trying to get as many apps as possible to put their cache, temporary folders and general bog.

So far I’ve found that I can move IE Temp Files, Firefox Cache, OpenOffice Temporary Files and Java Temporary files. All in a single neat folder, out of the way.

Oh, the reason I’m doing this at home as well, is because it reduces the amount I’m regularly backing up, if I can remove the bog to a single folder out of the way.

Anyway, here are a couple of workarounds to problems that I came across too…

Move Firefox Disk Cache

  • Type about:config into Firefox’s Address Bar and press Enter.
  • Right click on the resultant screen and select the option to create a new string value.
  • Name this entry browser.cache.disk.parent_directory
  • The content should be the location of where you wish the cache to be located

And that’s it done.

Move a Firefox Profile

  • Shut down Firefox
  • Move the profile folder to the desired location. For example, on Windows XP, move the profile from C:Documents and Settings[username]Application DataMozillaFirefoxProfilesxxxxxxxx.default to D:StuffMyProfile
  • Open up profiles.ini in a text editor. The file is located in the application data folder for Firefox on Windows Vista, XP, 2000: %AppData%MozillaFirefox
  • In profiles.ini, locate the entry for the profile you’ve just moved. Change the Path= line to the new location. If you are using a non-relative pathname, the direction of the slashes may be relevant (this is true for Windows XP)
  • Change IsRelative=1 to IsRelative=0
  • Save profiles.ini and restart Firefox

Posted by David Artiss

Enterprise Happiness Engineer for the WordPress VIP team at Automattic. Gamer, film lover and general fan of all things Marvel, Star Trek and Star Wars. Failed comedian. Writer for The Big Tech Question. World's Greatest Grandma.

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