Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Lotus Notes 8.5.3 on Apple Mac OSX - Where do your temp files go to, my lovely ?
Now I've done this a few times before, and it's cost me time ( and time costs money, darn it ).
So, here's the situation - one of my colleagues sends me an email, with an attached document ( a Microsoft Word .DOC file, if it matters ! ). Now I know what you're going to say …. why oh why oh why did he send me an attachment ? :-p
Anyway, I double-click on the attachment, and automatically open it up in Lotus Symphony 8.01 which is nice.
I edit the document, and then save it ( to a new filename, of course ), without really focusing on the WHERE e.g. into which folder I'm saving it.
So now I need to send my revised document back to my colleague - via LotusLive, as I just simply refuse to send email attachments :-)
Ah, right, now where did I put the file ?
When you open a file from within a Notes message, it stores it in a temporary location of, apparently, it's own making.
Ordinarily, on the Mac, I'd simply use Spotlight ( [CMD] [Space] ) to find the file by name. Sadly, at least on my system, Spotlight doesn't index absolutely everywhere :-(
After some trial-and-error ( including creating a draft email to myself, which included a similar document attachment, and then opening it in Symphony ), I worked out that the temporary folder is ….. here: -
Now I *know* that the folder location will change from time to time e.g. perhaps with a newly opened instance of Notes, on a different machine etc. but … it'd do.
So, if I remember to read this blog post IN THE FUTURE, I'll be able to find my attachments :-)
Alternatively, perhaps I can tell Spotlight to index /private or tell Notes to store temporary files in, say, /tmp :-)