First Time installation - Why is the installer silently installing and not asking for location or anything?


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  • Operating System (Platform and Version): Win 7 x64
  • Don’t know i closed the app and killed all the processes because that was really fishy
    Expected Behavior
    Asking install location or any prompt

Actual behavior
Double click Aether-Setup-2.0.0-dev.8+1902130246.6635d9a8.exe and after a few seconds my hard drive folder Program Files is full with 700 MB of the app with 0 feedback

To Reproduce
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What is the bug here?


It’s not a bug, but it’s not (pro-)user friendly. Since a couple of years developers seem to assume it’s fine to install their apps into the local userpace. But:

  • My OS/Userspace Hardisk is an SSD with limited space.
  • P2P apps constantly read/write to the SSD which makes it age faster.
  • Many people have more than one partition or harddisk and prefer to install some apps on their secondary drive.

This is why @jinskirt, many others an me would like to see a “Chage install directory”-option.

Greetings Grischa.


— Preference for installing apps on the secondary drive: You can try to manually move the app and update your shortcuts. It’s unsupported, but might work.

— Disk space: if you’re worried about it, you can change the location of your cache files and user profile from the frontend and backend config json files, which will move any folder that is used for file storage (Remember to also move your data files to the new location, or it’l start from scratch). I use this myself when I’m running the app on a Raspberry Pi, since I don’t want to use the read/write cycles on the SD card the rPi boots from, and those cards can actually die from R/W.

— SSD: it’s been more than a decade since any SSD had any sort of R/W limits that are approachable by normal use. You should look for the Linus Tech Tips videos explaining how this used to be true, but no longer. You’d need to write effectively continuously at the max speed for the next 20-25 years to come anything close to R/W limits in any sort of modern SSD.