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Is there a way to stop Frostwire from putting a folder in My Documents? In older versions I could do it by specifying a different folder for downloads and incomplete files, but this does not seem to work with version 4.17.0.

Any help would be great, thanks.
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  • You can specify a different location for your save folder in Tools >options > saving. I don't think that should be a problem. BUT I am not sure if folders in your documents will still be created or not. They now appear in my documents in a folder called Frostwire, and are shared, incomplete, store purchased (which is a hangover from Limewire which should I think not be there) and shared. Once you have created your new save folder a new incomplete folder should be created with it and you may or not be able to delete the other folders ... It may be that they will automatically re-create each time you open Frostwire. This was a problem with Limewire which I think they cured. Please let us know what you find and your Operating System.
  • I have tried specifying a different folder to save files in and then deleting the FrostWire folder, but it reappears when ever I open FrostWire again. I've done it a few times so I know it happens every time.

    My OS is Windows XP SP2.
  • Ok ... It seems that that folder can not be deleted, at any rate in this version ... Are your downloads however going to your newly designated save folder?
  • Yes, my downloads go to my designated folder, but it is annoying to have a useless folder in My Documents.
  • We'll see what we can do about this in the next version ... moved to feature requests ... no promises :)
  • For now try right clicking the folder, then Properties and set it to hidden. It will still be there but you won't be able to tell :)
  • It's the same on mac os x 10.4.11
    I've changed my download folder to ~/Downloads/ and still it creates the folder ~/FrostWire/StorePurchased/ every time I fire up FrostWire. Annoying, but hopefully this will be fixed in the next version. Just thought I'd put in my two cents worth.
  • Just adding another voice to getting this minor annoyance removed, and thought I'd tie in this other thread on the same topic: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5008

    Even after changing the location in frostwire.props, this 'frostwire' folder in 'My Documents' continues to be recreated. Surely it's a minor tweak to ensure it doesn't happen in future versions?

    Keeping my fingers crossed, and keep up the great work :)
  • I'd also like to see it made easier to choose the location of your 'incomplete' folder, while we're on a similar subject :)
  • I'm not entirely sure if this Frostwire folder in My Documents is still created in 4.18.4 (which has just been released) if you choose a different save location... It is something I forgot to check and having reloaded my shares twice in two days I'm not about to change anything right now :D

    The incomplete folder will always be created next to the save folder (i/e/ if you have a new save location you will have two save and 2 incomplete folders unless the My documents folder is no longer created. I do not believe there can be any easy way to alter the relative location of the incomplete folder. A major alteration to the code would be required.
  • I'm not entirely sure if this Frostwire folder in My Documents is still created in 4.18.4 (which has just been released) if you choose a different save location... It is something I forgot to check and having reloaded my shares twice in two days I'm not about to change anything right now :D

    The incomplete folder will always be created next to the save folder (i/e/ if you have a new save location you will have two save and 2 incomplete folders unless the My documents folder is no longer created. I do not believe there can be any easy way to alter the relative location of the incomplete folder. A major alteration to the code would be required.

    I'll be sure to check out the latest update and see about that. Good news if you're correct :)

    As for the incomplete folder, its location can easily be changed by editing frostwire.props with no ill effects. I've done this one each computer I use Frostwire on, to fit my folder structure. There are no duplicate 'incomplete' folders anywhere. I forget the exact line (I'm on a computer without Frostwire right now), but it is something obvious like 'LOCATIONTOSAVEINCOMPLETEFILES='

    It was this simple tweak that made me think it would be just as simple to make it a part of the GUI options. Perhaps I'm wrong. In any case, as I say, it can be done anyway, so it's not a massive problem/request. It would just be easier for people less confident about rooting around in the setup files, who would still like more control over where Frostwire puts things.
  • Nope, even with the newest version, Frostwire still creates this folder (My Documents>Frostwire) every time I launch it, despite none of my save options pointing there. Interestingly, when I first installed the new version, the folder was created with Incomplete and Store Purchased folders inside it, but these have not reappeared after being deleted.
  • Frostwire should be saving in the DOWNLOADS folder not the DOCUMENTS folder.
  • @SamuelZior: Frostwire SAVES wherever you set it to save, that isn't the issue. The issue is that regardless of that, it still CREATES that folder in My Documents - a useless, empty folder.
  • @SamuelZior

    Frostwire and Limewire on which it is based have both long created the save folder by default in Windows > My documents. I am a Mac user so am not entirely sure of the Windows file/folder structure, but if you want to change the save location you can in Tools > Options > Saving, but a Frostwire folder will continue to be created in My Documents.

    When you say "should" I'm guessing you are saying that is what you would like .. It is not a request we often see, so I am not sure it is likely to be changed in the near future.
  • @the_hyrax_lord

    your point is taken .. again .. no promises but we can hope :)
  • @the_hyrax_lord: I don't find the My Documents folder to be "useless" or "empty". It contains my Word Documents. Letters, reports etc that I have writtem. It is far from useless or empty for me. Since frostwire is downloading the logically the default should be a downloads folder and Windows 7 by default has a downloads folder built in now. No need to create the folder called "downloads" in Windows 7 because Microsoft built it into the OS. The downloads folder in Windows 7 has an icon with a blue arrow in it poiting down.
  • SamuelZior wrote:
    @the_hyrax_lord: I don't find the My Documents folder to be "useless" or "empty". It contains my Word Documents. Letters, reports etc that I have writtem. It is far from useless or empty for me. Since frostwire is downloading the logically the default should be a downloads folder and Windows 7 by default has a downloads folder built in now. No need to create the folder called "downloads" in Windows 7 because Microsoft built it into the OS. The downloads folder in Windows 7 has an icon with a blue arrow in it poiting down.

    @SamuelZior: you've misunderstood me. I don't mean My Documents is useless! The 'Frostwire' folder which Frostwire creates inside the My Documents folder is useless. In the program, I've set my downloads to save to a specific location, and yet every time I delete that Frostwire folder (the one in My Documents) it gets recreated. That's where MY problem lies.

    I think we're actually on the same side here - neither of us wants Frostwire to create an unnecessary folder we haven't asked it to.
  • *Sigh*

    This has still not been addressed in the latest version, and so I'm going to persist in arguing for its removal. Sure, it's small, it's insignificant, it doesn't affect users all that much, but that's all the more reason a simple tweak should be made to make sure it's not created. The more they focus on big new features, the more little irritants like this get overlooked.
  • Can you open a new very DETAILED Issue here.

    State how folders are looking now for you on Windows 7, and how do you think the perfect Folder structure should be.

    How do you address our need for the other folders like "Shared", "Torrents", and the upcoming "Phones and Tablets",
    should we put all of those folders inside Windows 7's "Downloads\FrostWire" ?

    Thanks for being persistent.
  • gubatron wrote:
    Can you open a new very DETAILED Issue here.

    State how folders are looking now for you on Windows 7, and how do you think the perfect Folder structure should be.

    How do you address our need for the other folders like "Shared", "Torrents", and the upcoming "Phones and Tablets",
    should we put all of those folders inside Windows 7's "Downloads\FrostWire" ?

    Thanks for being persistent.

    When I click that link I get an unauthorised error. I suppose I have to create an account with that site?

    In any case I don't use or have access to Windows 7. Are the folders structured differently on 7 than on XP?

    I will see about creating a bitbucket account later on, but for now I'd simply say that it's not necessarily the STRUCTURE that bothers me as the creation of a folder without my say-so. Ideally part of the installation process should ask the user where to create any necessary folders, so people with more rigid organisational structures can place the Frostwire folder where it most makes sense for them.

    EDIT: And thanks for replying to this. Knowing that this folder will have more use in future does make it more important how it is handled (I see now it's not simply a case of getting rid of it - as I don't use the Shared or Torrents folder, it hadn't occurred to me), but user control over folder locations is very important, I think.
  • Two and a half years after the OP made the thread.
    I'm assuming everyone forgot about this problem?
    I registered here to make this post and say that I'm having the same issue.
  • This issue is still in our pipeline, so little time, so much to do.

    https://bitbucket.org/frostwire/frostwi ... -windows-7
  • Since I can now set in the Options where I want torrents to save, why is Frostwire still rebuilding a Frostwire>Torrents folder in My Documents on every start up? I was so excited when I saw you'd implemented the change; far less so when I saw it didn't actually make a blind bit of difference.

    As far as I can see, with the changes in v.5 there is no longer any dedicated 'Incomplete' folder or anything like that which needs somewhere separate to go. I'm not sure about the 'shared' folder so much, but assuming that refers to content I am sharing on the Frostwire network, surely that now applies to any torrents/files left in the Torrents folder (or whatever folder I choose to download to)?
  • @the_hyrax_lord

    Just to explain what is now happening as regards Frostwire5. Frostwire5 uses just two folders: Torrent Data and Torrents. These are in the same location as the same folders created by Frostwire4 and if Frostwire4 is or was installed they will be next to the Saved Shared and incomplete folders that were used by Frost4.

    As to this long running issue, are you saying that the Frostwire Folder location was never altered for Windows 7 users, or that just the location in Frostwire 5 has reverted to the My documents location?

    Please repeat where you would like the location to be for Windows 7 and confirm I am understanding the issue correctly.
  • @the_hyrax_lord

    Just to explain what is now happening as regards Frostwire5. Frostwire5 uses just two folders: Torrent Data and Torrents. These are in the same location as the same folders created by Frostwire4 and if Frostwire4 is or was installed they will be next to the Saved Shared and incomplete folders that were used by Frost4.

    As to this long running issue, are you saying that the Frostwire Folder location was never altered for Windows 7 users, or that just the location in Frostwire 5 has reverted to the My documents location?

    Please repeat where you would like the location to be for Windows 7 and confirm I am understanding the issue correctly.
    First off, as I am not a Windows 7 user, I can neither confirm nor deny that it works properly for Windows 7. Your repeated use of 'Windows 7' in your reply leads me to wonder if perhaps this means Frostwire development is now skewed heavily in favour of W7, and that it might well be my issue only exists for older Windows versions.

    To clarify what's happening, anyway: in the Frostwire options, the very first option that appears is the Torrent Data Save folder. I have set this to a location outside of My Documents, and when I download a torrent, it saves it to the correct location (the folder I selected). However, whenever I load up Frostwire, it continues to create a Frostwire>Torrents folder in My Documents.

    EDIT: Ah, I see what's happening - I just tried a test download. While the torrent is downloading, the data goes into My Documents>Frostwire>Torrents, but the finished files go to the location I've selected. The .torrent file remains in My Documents>Frostwire>Torrents. I suppose my personal preference would be to have that data stored with the Frostwire program folder, but obviously that's not to everyone's taste - I would love to be able to set it to save elsewhere, and then forget about it, without having to delete the My Documents>Frostwire folder after every use. The .torrents are not strictly speaking what I would call 'documents', and not something which, I feel, needs to be so readily accessible.
  • I rather glossed over your post assuming it was to do with a long standing Windows 7 issue we have been having .. My apologies for that.

    Saving .torrent files in the Program folder would be a bad idea, since any update of Frostwire would remove any files saved in that location.

    I do not know how easy it would be to make the location of the Torrents folder alterable, but it is something I will put to the developers.
  • So is the bug basically, that even after changing the default save location, next time FrostWire starts (or as it's being used) it will recreate the frostwire folders on the default locations?
    (should be an easy fix)
  • Um .. My post was from August :) Im not sure this particular issue still exists, or does it?
  • I'll have to check :p,
    we def. did a lot of work since august on default save folders and what not.

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