Bug report #14463

OSGeo install of QGIS on Windows leaves behind folder on desktop

Added by Tom Chadwin over 4 years ago. Updated over 1 year ago.

Status:Closed
Priority:Normal
Assignee:-
Category:Build/Install
Affected QGIS version:2.14.0 Regression?:No
Operating System:Windows Easy fix?:No
Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:end of life
Crashes QGIS or corrupts data:No Copied to github as #:22441

Description

When installing QGIS via the OSGeo installer on Windows, a folder is created on the desktop, whose name starts with "http". As far as I can see this is unnecessary at best, and unwanted at worst. The folder is not removed. The folder is also created when upgrading QGIS via the OSGeo installer. If the folder is required, it should be created in a temp location, not the desktop, and it should deleted if it is no longer needed after installation.

This is part of the wider issue of unwanted desktop icons on Windows install raised at http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/qgis-developer/2016-March/041810.html

History

#1 Updated by Anita Graser over 4 years ago

  • OS version changed from 7 64-bit to all

+1 for putting the folder in a location other than the Desktop by default but I don't think it needs to be deleted after the install.

As mentioned by m_roy on the mailing list: "the folder contains all necessary data for the installation
and is not created on the desktop but you can choose where you want it,
the installer should not be launched from the desktop but from a regular
file system folder if you like your desktop cleaner;
it is also a very useful folder because you can use it to perform
several OSGEO4W installation in other PC without having to download all
the needed stuff again and again, so not a folder to get rid of IMHO."

#2 Updated by Tom Chadwin over 4 years ago

OK. How about naming it more usefully?

#3 Updated by Jürgen Fischer over 4 years ago

Tom Chadwin wrote:

OK. How about naming it more usefully?

It's a temporary directory is created in current directory of the installer by default. Apparently you're loading the installer onto the desktop.

#4 Updated by Tom Chadwin over 4 years ago

So you disagree with the above, that the folder should be kept? In that case it should be deleted, and it isn't. As I have already said, I'm not consciously installing it from anywhere. I clicked the link to it on the download site, and chose Run rather than Save, precisely in order to avoid post-install files remaining. I would appreciate it if people stopped telling me incorrectly what I did.

#5 Updated by Anita Graser over 4 years ago

Please stop the attitude Tom. QGIS is not responsible for the default download location of your browser. The only thing that can be controlled is whether the installer puts the osgeo4w download folder in the same location as the installer.

#6 Updated by Tom Chadwin over 4 years ago

It's not my default download location. Perhaps please close this issue. I was only trying to help, but something's gone wrong with this ticket.

#7 Updated by Anita Graser over 4 years ago

I think this is a valid issue which is confusing to users.

@Jürgen: Could the default behavior be changed to creating an OSGeo4W folder in the user's home directory instead of using the installer location?

#8 Updated by R. R. over 4 years ago

I am not sure this is related or not, but when uninstalling QGIS (OSGeo, Win7) the desktop icon isn't removed.

#9 Updated by Jürgen Fischer over 4 years ago

Tom Chadwin wrote:

So you disagree with the above, that the folder should be kept?

No, I just don't see a point in renaming it. And I explained why it's on your desktop. Nothing more, nothing less.

#10 Updated by Jürgen Fischer over 4 years ago

Anita Graser wrote:

I think this is a valid issue which is confusing to users.

@Jürgen: Could the default behavior be changed to creating an OSGeo4W folder in the user's home directory instead of using the installer location?

The default is now the temporary directory (r1296). Also introduces a subdirectory on the desktop that contains the shortcuts (corresponding to the start menu group; still requires support in OSGeo4W packages).

#11 Updated by Jürgen Fischer over 4 years ago

Reinhard Reiterer wrote:

I am not sure this is related or not, but when uninstalling QGIS (OSGeo, Win7) the desktop icon isn't removed.

Should be fixed in c2ff2d7

#12 Updated by Tom Chadwin over 4 years ago

Thanks, Juergen. In time, the full solution would require an extra install stage: "Create shortcuts on desktop?" with all the icons listed. I'd suggest having QGIS checked by default and the others (grass, msys, etc) unchecked. The user then has full control.

#13 Updated by Jürgen Fischer over 4 years ago

Tom Chadwin wrote:

Thanks, Juergen. In time, the full solution would require an extra install stage: "Create shortcuts on desktop?" with all the icons listed. I'd suggest having QGIS checked by default and the others (grass, msys, etc) unchecked. The user then has full control.

I you want full control you can install using OSGeo4W.

#14 Updated by Anita Graser over 4 years ago

Jürgen Fischer wrote:

I you want full control you can install using OSGeo4W.

At which step of the OSGeo4W installer does the user get to select which icons to put on the desktop? Can't find it.

#15 Updated by Jürgen Fischer over 4 years ago

Anita Graser wrote:

Jürgen Fischer wrote:

I you want full control you can install using OSGeo4W.

At which step of the OSGeo4W installer does the user get to select which icons to put on the desktop? Can't find it.

You don't need to install what you don't want and you can decide whether you want desktop links or not. Well, it's more control at least.

#16 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 3 years ago

  • Easy fix? set to No
  • Regression? set to No

#17 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 1 year ago

  • Status changed from Open to Closed
  • Resolution set to end of life

End of life notice: QGIS 2.18 LTR

Source:
http://blog.qgis.org/2019/03/09/end-of-life-notice-qgis-2-18-ltr/

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