Bug 10502 - Please don't install into /Developer
Summary: Please don't install into /Developer
Alias: None
Product: iOS
Classification: Xamarin
Component: General ()
Version: XI 8.6.0
Hardware: Macintosh Mac OS
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Target Milestone: Untriaged
Assignee: Miguel de Icaza [MSFT]
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-02-21 02:52 UTC by Tony Arnold
Modified: 2015-02-24 07:26 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description Tony Arnold 2013-02-21 02:52:19 UTC
I noted with disappointment that Xamarin Studio's installer has created a root level folder (/Developer) on my OS X install. Could you please look at putting these files into a more appropriate location such as /Library/Application Support/Xamarin Studio/ or something similar?

Comment 1 Marek Habersack 2015-02-24 04:55:23 UTC
I suppose it was the Xamarin.iOS or Xamarin.Android installer, not Xamarin Studio. I'm reassigning the bug to Xamarin.iOS since the latest version still appears to put itself in /Developer, while Xamarin.Android merely creates a symlink from there to /Library/Frameworks (it might still be creating the /Developer directory though)
Comment 2 Rolf Bjarne Kvinge [MSFT] 2015-02-24 06:06:28 UTC
Xamarin.iOS installs into /Library/Frameworks/Xamarin.iOS.framework, but will still install a few files into /Developer for backwards compatibility (symlinks that point into /Library/Frameworks/Xamarin.iOS.framework). This will not change in the immediate future.
Comment 3 Tony Arnold 2015-02-24 06:14:12 UTC
Can I delete the folder and not affect normal operation of Xamarin? I assume the backward compatibility is something internal to Xamarin?
Comment 4 Rolf Bjarne Kvinge [MSFT] 2015-02-24 06:18:57 UTC
You can try and delete it to see what happens. If something stops working, just re-install Xamarin.iOS, but I don't think you'll run into any problems.

Backward compatibility also includes scripts our customer have, samples on the web, etc.
Comment 5 Tony Arnold 2015-02-24 07:26:39 UTC
I notice that this has been resolved as answered: I don't mean to belabour a point, but I do think it's worth you guys planning to deprecate the use of that directory as a valid install location at some point in the future. 

Please just consider it — leaving files in non-standard locations isn't good form, and it sounds like this is being left in place purely for legacy reasons (which don't really exist on a platform where the vendor deprecates their IDE once a year).

If other developers are tying their scripts to `/Developer`, that's bad practice on their part and not something that should be supported. 

Anyway, I'm sorry to keep raising this — I've said my bit and I'll leave this issue alone from here on out.