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Helpful Profile File Location Info!

by Matthew » Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:47 am

The profile data for FTL is cross platform so you're welcome to migrate it to any machine. The locations for profiles are listed below for each operating system, just copy "prof.sav" over to keep your unlocked ships / achievements.

Note: Folders won't be available until you run the game at least once, but you can make them manually and that will work as well.

Windows

My Documents/My Games/FasterThanLight

Mac

~/Library/Application Support/FasterThanLight/

If you can't find your Library folder, it's because on Mac OS Lion it's defaulted to hidden. Open a Terminal and enter:

chflags nohidden ~/Library/

Or just open Finder and "Go->Go to Folder" and enter the path

Linux

For most users, it will be in ~/.local/share/FasterThanLight/

...but if you modified XDG_DATA_HOME it will be in [XDG_DATA_HOME]/FasterThanLight

Hope that all works out!

EDITS: More information updated for Linux.
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Re: Copying Profile Data to Mac (or anywhere)

by tappdarden » Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:20 pm

tip:

in finder
go (the menu) -> go to folder

~/Library/Application Support/FasterThanLight/

you can do this even if your Library folder is hidden.
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Re: Copying Profile Data to Mac (or anywhere)

by Matthew » Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:25 pm

Thanks tappdarden. Forgot to mention that.
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Re: Copying Profile Data to Mac (or anywhere)

by tappdarden » Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:31 pm

I kinda like the "chflags nohidden ~/Library/" option better though...

I was frustrated when i couldn't find my Library folder!
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Re: Copying Profile Data to Mac (or anywhere)

by esdin » Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:12 am

1)Copy prof.sav to root
2)Open terminal
3)
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sudo -s

4)Enter your administrative password
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cd ~/../..

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mv prof.sav /Library/Application%20Support/FasterThanLight
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Re: Copying Profile Data to Mac (or anywhere)

by tappdarden » Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:53 am

by adding a single character to step 6 you can skip step 5 completely.

the /Library folder is for the entire system. I'm not sure how the FTL developers implemented this.. but at best it would mean that everybody on the same computer* shares the same prov.sav file and at worst its ignored. If you simply copy it to your home dir you don't have to upgrade to super user. as zasdarq and I suggested.

so to simplify
1)Copy prof.sav to your home dir
2)Open terminal
3)
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mv ~/prof.sav ~/Library/Application Support/FasterThanLight/


you could copy the prof.sav file to the root folder also... which would change step 3 to
3) -alternative-
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mv /prof.sav ~/Library/Application Support/FasterThanLight/




you also may want to run the game once to make sure all the folders are created correctly.

*I realize most people probably don't have to share a computer... so this point may not really matter. But if you run backup software you may just want to have to only worry about backing up your own home directory instead of random files scattered around your hard drive...
Sorry if this is a little too much Annoying-correcting-nerd post
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Re: Copying Profile Data to Mac (or anywhere)

by Matthew » Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:42 am

Sorry I missed the follow up conversation here, there seems to be some confusion about where the info is located.

If you do drop your profile into "/Library/Application Support/FasterThanLight" then FTL won't find it. Only use "~/Library/Application Support/FasterThanLight."
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Re: Copying Profile Data to Mac (or anywhere) - Updated

by Matthew » Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:07 am

As of the last build, saves can now be found in My Documents/My Games. Where exactly "My Documents" is varies from Windows XP to Vista to 7, but I'm confident you know where yours is!
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Re: Copying Profile Data to Mac (or anywhere) - Updated

by agentgray » Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:49 pm

This gives me an idea. I have the game on Mac and PC via Steam. Maybe I'll link the file and use it with my DropBox folder. That way, it's like a cheap cloud workaround.
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Re: Helpful Profile File Location Info!

by fltspeed » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:41 pm

Wait, doesn't this game support steam cloud sync? If so, why is there any need to copy files manually?
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