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If I want to install JOSM on a new computer, can I merely replace the new preferences.xml file with one I copied from my previous installation? It seems as though this should work but I have not tried it yet. Also, because I have a lot of plugins and presets loaded, I would like to back up preferences.xml to my Dropbox. If the answer to the first question is yes, then I know I can reinstall any time and to any other computer.



asked 04 Feb '17, 00:02

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just some background info about JOSM's config locations: JOSM help: "JOSM preference/data/cache directories" (or: Linux, Windows and macOS).

(04 Feb '17, 13:31) aseerel4c26 ♦

I was able to do this even when moving from C: to D: on a different computer. I also copied the plugins folder because I wasn't sure if the plugins would automatically re-download if needed.

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answered 04 Feb '17, 12:05

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Okay, thanks, Mike. I hadn't thought about moving the plugins. I wonder if JOSM would start without them and then ask if you want to update plugins as it does when upgrading to a newer version?

But your answer means that it can be done.

(04 Feb '17, 12:22) AlaskaDave

just copying the whole JOSM config directory should work flawlessly - and I often did that (Linux).

I do not know about copying just the preferences.xml file. JOSM might behave in an unexpected way.

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answered 04 Feb '17, 13:32

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