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raven
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Yo folks - so I changed the data location in Unify and then a bit later renamed that target volume - when I open Unify it shows the old volume name and path (which does not exist) for the data location and I am unable to change the location or open it (of course).  Plus Unify does not create the default location on uninstall/reinstall (which is how you create the data move in the first place - you can't move the location without the proper sub-folders) when/if I completely uninstall with various mac removal tools to remove Unify and all associated files, and I reinstall (which I have done several times), that data path does not change in the Unify settings - it persists across removal and reinstalls.  This is making me crazy, and I have no idea where the data file is kept that points to this non-existent Unify data volume path, so I can't use Unify at all or update the path.  Please help!  Thanks  


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getdunne
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@raven

The file you seek is Unify.settings; see https://pluginguru.net/unify/manual/doku.php?id=files-folders for details. On Mac it's in ~/Library/Application Support/PlugInGuru. The relevant line looks like this on a Window PC; the "val=" part will be different on Mac.

<VALUE name="dataDirectoryPath" val="D:\PlugInGuru\Unify"/>

However, you should not need need to touch this file. Just run Unify (preferably the stand-alone app, but it should not matter), go to Settings and click the "Change..." button, locate and select the folder containing your Unify data, then quit and re-start Unify.

If this does not work, please let me know.

 


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raven
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Thanks for the quick response Getdunne, I very much admire your work.  I have tried what you have suggested quite a few times after uninstalling and reinstalling the app, with complete removal of what I thought were the associated Unify support files (using the Appcleaner removal tool).  After a reinstall, when I try to change the Data folder path with the change button in Unify settings and select a folder location (on a second internal volume where I keep my sample libraries),  I get a popup that says:

Possible incorrect root folder

That folder can't be used, because it

does not contain expected sub-

folders "Libraries" and "Presets".

I am on BIG SUR on a 2019 Mac Pro and another interesting fact is that post Unify reinstall, on the Macintosh HD, the /Users/Shared/PluginGuru/ folder does not exist.  I am not sure where data is stored for Unify currently, but the install did not throw an error.

The other thing that seems really odd is that the path above for the default Data folder location configuration file that you mention on the Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/PluginGuru/ <- that folder does not exist, all my other VST folders are there Toontrack, Waves, XILS-Lab, u-he, etc.  but Unify is installed and up and running without either of the mentioned folder paths - have you ever seen this before?

I would paste a screenshot but it does not appear to be supported here.  I will see if I can find the file you mentioned and look at how it is formatted.  Let me know the best next steps and thanks again.  Have a great weekend.  Michael (Raven).

As a follow-up, when I search for the Unify.settings file on This Mac (the entire machine) the Unify.settings file is not found.  This all seems very unusual.  The only other odd behavior I can include to understand what is happening here is that when I completely uninstall Unify there is still a container in Launchpad: PluginGuru (Other) that contains PluginScanner, yet there is no app called PluginScanner, and when I search to uninstall in AppCleaner nothing comes up so this artifact remains with no apparent way to clean up.  I am quite confounded by all this.  

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getdunne
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@raven

See https://pluginguru.net/unify/manual/doku.php?id=moving-data for the recommended procedure to change the data location. The pop-up you mention will appear if you try to select a new folder before moving the data there.

The Unify.settings file is found under your own per-user Library folder, not the global Library folder. That's why I put a tilde (~) at the start of the path. The full path will be /Users/<your username>/Library/Application Support/PlugInGuru. However, as I said, you probably should not monkey with that.

To include a screenshot, use the Choose File button below the post editor. If you need to attach more than one file, or anything other than an image file. compress the files first and attach the zip archive.

Whatever remains in Launchpad may just be a symbolic link or alias.

Uninstalling Unify will not automatically remove its data folder, because you choose that location yourself, and the installer knows nothing about it.

If you're not sure where the Unify data is, there are two possibilities:

  1. You actually deleted it at some point. If so, locate and delete the Unify.settings file, and when you next run Unify it will prompt you through selecting a new location for the data (just like when you installed Unify for the first time).
  2. You didn't delete it, but you don't remember where you put it. Locate the Unify.settings file, open it in TextEdit, and you will find the old path on the "dataDirectoryPath" line as I wrote above. The volume name might not be correct if you've since changed it, but the rest of the path should suffice to help you find the data folder, if it still exists. Another option is to do a full-system search for the Presets.db file. If you find that, go up one level and you should be in the Unify data folder.

If the Unify data folder does still exist, you should probably either re-select it, or copy it to a better location and select that, then delete the original to recover disk space.


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