Setting support paths via lisp

This sort of goes along with my customization post from a while back.

Here is an example of how to set your support file search paths using ACAD.LSP. By doing it using this method, you don't have to worry about profiles, .ARG files, etc. Your users are free to customize anything not controlled by this startup routine. If something gets messed up, just restart AutoCAD, and everything reloads.

; This sets a reference to the install path of your product
(setq acadloc
      (strcat "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\" (vlax-product-key))
); This sets a reference to the files portion of the acad preferences
(setq *files* (vla-get-files
   (vla-get-preferences (vlax-get-acad-object))
; This builds the string of support file search paths
(setq sfsp
  acadloc "\\SUPPORT;"
  acadloc "\\HELP;"
  acadloc "\\EXPRESS;"
  acadloc "\\SUPPORT\\COLOR;"
  acadloc "\\LAND;"
  "C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Autodesk Shared\\GIS\\FDO\\2.0;"
  "C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Autodesk Shared\\GIS\\FDO\\2.0\\Oracle;"
  "C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Autodesk Shared\\GIS\\FDO\\2.0\\ArcSDE;"
  "C:\\Program Files\\Autodesk Land Desktop 2006\\Land;"
  "C:\\Program Files\\Dotsoft\\Toolpac\\;"
  "C:\\Program Files\\Dotsoft\\XL2CAD"  
; This actually applies the above string to the current session of AutoCAD.
(vla-put-SupportPath *files* sfsp)
; Here are some examples of setting other things
; Set the template directory
(vla-put-TemplateDwgPath *files* "\\\\SERVER\\CAD\\TEMPLATE")
; Set the default template (QNEW) name
(vla-put-QNewTemplateFile *files* "\\\\SERVER\\CAD\\TEMPLATE\\my-custom.dwt") 
; Set the printer (PC3) support file path
(vla-put-PrinterConfigPath *files* "\\\\SERVER\\CAD\\PLOTTERS")
; Release the object
(vlax-release-object *files*)

You should place this in your ACAD.LSP file, not ACAD200x.LSP.

Where do you put ACAD.LSP? In the directory that is at the TOP of your support file search path. In the above example, this one would go in



rkmcswain, first of all I want to thank you VERY VERY much for this, it is and will be a HUGE help with my workload tasks, i have been looking for a way to do this in AutoCAD for a year or so before I finally ran into a post that brought me here from a forum.

One issue I have ran into with this is the MVSETUP command in AutoCAD. I have a user who utilizes this command, but the problem is when running the command, it creates a mvsetup.dfs file in the first listed support path location, which I had a read-only server location that housed my acad.lsp file to drive everything...

Now with that top path being a locked server location, the MVSETUP command will not work.

I have moved the path that stores the acad.lsp to the second line, but I fear it will only be a matter of time before a user creates their own acad.lsp file for their use and throws it in the top line.

Any suggested would be helpful.




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