I am using joplinportable (Version 1.0.199, Windows 10),
As documented a JoplinProfile directory is created next to the exe. It took me quite long (about 40 minutes googling around) to find out how to point to a different JoplinProfile directory during startup of the portable edition. I found about the
--profile parameter when reading a thread about the terminal edition and tried it successfully.
It would be nice if there is a documentation somewhere, where the commandline parameters are written down.
What do you think about it, or was I just too blind to find it?
For the desktop app, none of the parameters are officially supported, so they are not documented either.
--profile for example is used internally by the portable app or for development, but it’s not meant for users as improper use can lead to data loss.
Hi Laurent, thanks for the quick response. Do you have a hint what improper use is?
I can give a pretty simple answer here: improper use is anything that has the possibility of nuking all of your Joplin content. As it currently stands, there is a revision system of sorts implemented into Joplin, but there’s no real guarantee that if you accidentally lose some or all of it, that you’ll be able to recover. That’s why backing up on a semi regular basis is recommended if you’re looking to experiment a bit.
not very accurate, but fair enough. “Do a backup and you will be fine :-)”
No, it's more like "don't fiddle around with the joplin-desktop directory unless you know what you are doing and you will be fine".
A backup might not save you if your data is being corrupted in a subtle way and it takes you a long time to notice.
Improper use is for example pointing two different apps (CLI and desktop for instance) to the same profile, as one app might override the changes of the other app. Also since it’s not officially supported there are not many tests for these flags, so they might have bugs or issues we aren’t aware of.