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10.3: Use the .mac iDisk to store common application data
Authored by: iRideSnow on Jan 03, '04 12:34:25AM

The "Quicken Data" file is actually a package, which is really a directory. If you right click (control-click) on the Quicken Data "file", it will give you the option of opening the package contents. Similarly, if you're comfortable with the Terminal, you can navigate to the location of the Quicken Data "file" and see that it is actually a directory. I'm saying "file" in quotes because it's really a directory.

I haven't tried this completely since I only have Quicken installed on one of my machines, but this *should* work. I did do all the steps, and everything looks like it should work to me.

1. Exit Quicken.
2. Make a local of your Quicken Data file just to be safe.
3. Copy the Quicken Data file to your iDisk->Documents folder.
4. Delete the Quicken Data file on your two machines.
5. On both of your machines, open the Terminal and navigate to where your Quicken Data file was. On my machine, it was in ~/Applications/Quicken 2003 for Mac.
6. Again, on both of your machines, create a symbolic link to the version on your iDisk. You'll need to wait until the Quicken Data file is synced over of course.

ln -s /Volumes/YourMacLoginName/Documents/Quicken\ Data Quicken\ Data

Note the use of backslash before the space in the "Quicken Data".

7. There is no step 7! (haha)

The Quicken Data file on your other machine will appear as a folder, but I wouldn't expect that would prevent it from working. Although I could be wrong. I mean, it really is just a folder when you get right down to it. If it doesn't work, then I don't know if there's anything you can do.

Hope that helps.

Rob



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