#500 system property "user.home" on Windows

general (64)


I use jEdit on a USB drive and before version 5.0 the JVM option "-Duser.home=" did work as expected. This system property is in current version ignored and the environment variable %APPHOME% is used instead on Windows machines.
The attached patch checks first if "-Duser.home=" was specified and use the provided location otherwise %APPHOME% is used.

kind regards


  • Frank Dietrich

    Frank Dietrich - 2013-06-04
    • status: open --> open-fixed
  • Alan Ezust

    Alan Ezust - 2013-11-27
    • assigned_to: nobody --> ezust
  • Alan Ezust

    Alan Ezust - 2013-11-27

    System.getProperty("user.home") works better than actually checking the command line arguments. But i will fix things up so it does check that also.

  • Alan Ezust

    Alan Ezust - 2013-11-27

    Why is it important that you are able to -Duser.home= in order to change how jEdit behaves, when jEdit has its own command line argument for this purpose?
    You can achieve what you want (jEdit using a different settings directory) without patching jEdit at all, but simply using
    java -jar jedit.jar -settings=/path/to/your/settingsdir

  • Alan Ezust

    Alan Ezust - 2013-11-27
    • status: open-fixed --> pending-invalid

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