Start up and Configuration

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Command line parameter

The Config set

On every Startup FreeCAD examine its surrounding and the command line parameter and build up a configuration set which hold the essence of the runtime information. This information is later used to determine the place where to save user data or log files. Its also very important for post postmortem analyzes. There fore it get saved in the log file.


User related

User config entrys
Config var name Synopsis Example M$ Example Posix (Linux)
UserAppData Path where FreeCAD stors User Related application data. C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\FreeCAD /home/username/.FreeCAD
UserParameter File where FreeCAD stores User Related application data. C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\FreeCAD\user.cfg /home/username/.FreeCAD/user.cfg
SystemParameter File where FreeCAD stores Application Related data. C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\FreeCAD\system.cfg /home/username/.FreeCAD/system.cfg
UserHomePath Home path of the current user C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents /home/username

Command line argument triggered

User config entrys
Config var name Synopsis Example
LoggingFile 1 if the logging is switched on 1
LoggingFileName File name where the log is placed C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\FreeCAD\FreeCAD.log
RunMode This indicates how the main loop will work. "Script" means that the given script is called and then exit. "CMD" runs the command line interpreter. "Internal" runs an internal script. "Gui" enters the Gui event loop. "Module" loads a given python module. "Cmd"
FileName Meaning depends on the RunMode
ScriptFileName Meaning depends on the RunMode
Verbose Verbosity level of FreeCAD "" or "strict"
OpenFileCount Holds the number of files opened throught command line argumends "" or "strict"

System related

User config entrys
Config var name Synopsis Example M$ Example Posix (Linux)
AppHomePath Path where FreeCAD is installed c:/Progam Files/FreeCAD_0.7 /user/local/FreeCAD_0.7
PythonSearchPath Holds a list of paths which python search modules. This is at startup can change during excution

Some libraries trigger on system set environment variables. If a FreeCAD installation has a problem, somtimes environment variables are responsible for that. Therefore some important variables get duplicated in the Con fig and there fore saved in the log file.

Python related environment variables:

  • PYTHONPATH
  • PYTHONHOME
  • TCL_LIBRARY
  • TCLLIBPATH

OpenCascade related environment variables:

  • CSF_MDTVFontDirectory
  • CSF_MDTVTexturesDirectory
  • CSF_UnitsDefinition
  • CSF_UnitsLexicon
  • CSF_StandardDefaults
  • CSF_PluginDefaults
  • CSF_LANGUAGE
  • CSF_SHMessage
  • CSF_XCAFDefaults
  • CSF_GraphicShr
  • CSF_IGESDefaults
  • CSF_STEPDefaults

System related environment variables:

  • PATH"

Info about the Build

Here information about the Build. Mostly out of the Subversion repository. This stuff is needed to exactly rebuild a version!

User config entrys
Config var name Synopsis Example
BuildVersionMajor Major Version number of the Build. Defined in src/Build/Version.h.in 0
BuildVersionMinor Minor Version number of the Build. Defined in src/Build/Version.h.in 7
BuildRevision SVN Repository Revision number of the src in the Build. Generated by SVN 356
BuildRevisionRange Range of differnt changes 123-356
BuildRepositoryURL Repository URL https://free-cad.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/free-cad/trunk/src
BuildRevisionDate Date of the above Revision 2007/02/03 22:21:18
BuildScrClean Indicates if the source was changed ager checkout Src modified
BuildScrMixed Src not mixed


Branding related

This config entries are related to the branding mechanism of FreeCAD. See Branding for details

User config entrys
Config var name Synopsis Example
ExeName Name of the build Executable file. Can diver from FreeCAD if a different main.cpp is used. FreeCAD.exe
ExeVersion Over all Version shows up at start time V0.7
AppIcon Icon which is used for the Executable, shows in Application MainWindow. "FCIcon"
ConsoleBanner Banner which is promted in console mode
SplashPicture Name of the Icon used for the Splasch Screen "FreeCADSplasher"
SplashAlignment Alignment of the Text in the Splash dialog Left"
SplashTextColor Color of the splasher Text "#000000"
StartWorkbench Name of the Workbech which get started automaticly after Startup "Part design"
HiddenDockWindow List of dockwindows (sepearated by a smicolon) which will be disabled "Property editor"