When you edit files in Adobe Contribute, all the required website files are downloaded to your computer and saved in the user profile. This TechNote describes the location where Contribute files are saved and the importance of each directory.

If your computer uses a multiuser operating system, Contribute stores all temporary files and drafts in the user profile. (Multiuser operating systems include Mac OS X or Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2000 or Windows NT.) With this functionality, Contribute can be used in a team collaboration effort, taking advantage of a multiuser environment.

Locations of Contribute directories

The Contribute files are stored in the following directories:

Contribute CS5

  • Windows XP

    C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Contribute CS3\Configuration

    C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Contribute CS3\Sites
  • Windows Vista

    C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Adobe\Contribute CS3\Configuration

    C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Adobe\Contribute CS3\Sites
  • Windows 7

    C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Adobe\Contribute CS3\Configuration

    C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Adobe\Contribute CS3\Sites

  • Mac OS X

    HD:Users:[username]:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Contribute CS3:Configuration

    HD:Users:[username]:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Contribute CS3:Sites

Contribute CS4

  • Windows XP

    C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Contribute CS3\Configuration

    C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Contribute CS3\Sites
  • Windows Vista

    C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Adobe\Contribute CS3\Configuration

    C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Adobe\Contribute CS3\Sites
  • Mac OS X

    HD:Users:[username]:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Contribute CS3:Configuration

    HD:Users:[username]:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Contribute CS3:Sites

Contribute CS3

  • Windows XP

    C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Contribute CS3\Configuration

    C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Contribute CS3\Sites
  • Windows Vista

    C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Adobe\Contribute CS3\Configuration

    C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Adobe\Contribute CS3\Sites
  • Mac OS X

    HD:Users:[username]:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Contribute CS3:Configuration

    HD:Users:[username]:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Contribute CS3:Sites

Contribute 4

  • Windows XP, 2000

    C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Contribute 4
  • Mac OS X

    hard drive:Users:[user]:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Contribute 4

Contribute 3.0

  • Windows XP, 2000

    C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Macromedia\Contribute 3
  • Windows 98 Second Edition

    C:\Windows\Application Data\Macromedia\Contribute 3
  • Mac OS X

    hard drive:Users:[user]:Library:Application Support:Macromedia:Contribute 3

Contribute 2.0

  • Windows XP, 2000

    C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Macromedia\Contribute 2
  • Windows 98 Second Edition

    C:\Windows\Application Data\Macromedia\Contribute 2
  • Windows ME

    C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\ApplicationData\Macromedia\Contribute 2
  • Mac OS X

    hard drive:Users:[user]:Library:Application Support:Macromedia:Contribute 2

Contribute 1.0

  • Windows XP, 2000

    C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Macromedia\Contribute
  • Windows NT

    C:\Winnt\profiles\[username]\Application Data\Macromedia\Contribute
  • Windows 98 Second Edition

    C:\Windows\Application Data\Macromedia\Contribute
  • Windows ME

    C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\ApplicationData\Macromedia\Contribute

Directory structure

In the Contribute directory, there are three or more subdirectories: AsyncTemp, Configuration, and Sites. Other directories can be created depending on the site and any customization that has taken place.

The most important directory, and the one discussed in further detail, is the Sites directory. This directory is where all temporary drafts are saved when pages have not yet been published to the remote web server.

  • AsyncTemp: The directory in which all the notes are stored.
  • Configuration: The directory in which Contribute tracks recently published files and user-specific configuration files.
  • Sites: A directory in which all defined sites are saved. Inside the Sites directory the site directory names are listed as Sites(number).

    Note: The location of saved drafts and settings is ...Site1. Depending on how many sites are defined in Contribute, the number increases sequentially.
  • OfficeTemp: A directory in which downloaded MS Word and Excel Office documents are saved.

Sites directory structure

The Sites(number) directory contains the following files and directories:

  • Templates and notes directories
  • _mm directory: This directory contains the permissions, drafts, and lock files (files with the.lck extension)
  • Images and graphics

When creating a file, Contribute saves the new draft in the Sites(number) directory along with any other required and lock files. You can use this information if a problem develops with abandoned lock files.

If the lock file is deleted on the server, then you can't upload your draft. Delete the drafts and lock files from the local computer and then delete the lock file on the server. Deleting the drafts frees up the page for further editing.

 

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