Name: rmT116609 Date: 05/11/2004
A DESCRIPTION OF THE REQUEST :
I sincerely hope that I am missing something, but as far as I know, there is no reasonable way to determine the location of the user's "My Documents" directory when running on a Windows system.
On every other platform, the "user.home" system property is a sensible, sane location in which to store documents. Under Windows, it is not. However, many Java programs, having been written on non-Windows platforms, store their documents in "user.home" by default.
Further, even if a programmer is aware of this and tries to figure out the location of the "My Documents" on Windows, I am aware of no reasonable way to do it. The obvious solution is to provide a "user.documents" system property -- this could be the same as "user.home" on non-Windows platforms, but point the "My Documents" on Windows.
Without this feature, there is no (sane) way to determine a reasonable default document location under Windows.
CUSTOMER SUBMITTED WORKAROUND :
Use ShellFolder to get access to it
(Incident Review ID: 265050)