Linux VST build deletes all files in ~/.vst

  • Built VST in Linux and it deleted everything from my ~/.vst folder

    This is really bad.

    First thing. Please take out the building directly to the ~/.vst folder
    Second thing. How do I get my files back? This is a huge disaster.

  • Yeah I noticed this a while ago, I think I reported it... it doesn't happen 100% of the time if I remember correctly

    You can't get them back 😞 But perhaps you have a backup?

  • I don't have a back up of the folder but I can rebuild it. Most of it hopefully. This is a mess because it is going to take me a long time to rebuild.

    why does the standalone get built in -> projects/standalone/Builds/LinuxMakefile/build/
    and the VST gets placed in ~./vst?
    thankfully it wasn't a make sudo install going to /usr/lib/vst
    this is bad. very bad.

    the VST plugin build has to go in... projects/plugin/Builds/LinuxMakefile/build/

    seriously. please correct this. depositing it in ~./vst without consent is already a bad idea
    that it deletes the folder is unacceptable

  • it's not that complicated

    I will do it manually but I would recommend to change line 32 in



    JUCE_OUTDIR := ~/.vst


    JUCE_OUTDIR := build

  • I suspect what deleted the files was not the build but the

    make clean

  • Ah sorry about that. I assumed that the build script from the Projucer just copies the final binary as post build step - this is what it does on Windows and macOS - that it uses it as actual build folder and subsequently deletes everything in there on a clean is indeed nasty and a little bit intrusive too

  • @oddyotrax What distro do you use?

  • @Christoph-Hart

    I don't think it was when I rebuilt the VST

    before I did the rebuild, I did a make clean and I suspect that is what wiped the folder of its contents

  • d-healey Debian Stretch

  • @oddyotrax I'm using Linux Mint and I use timeshift to backup my home directory, I think it's probably available for Debian too.

  • Alright, I've updated the Projucer files so that it will not use the VST folder as build folder anymore.

    Please try if it works now (best backup your VST folder again 🙂 Be aware that you have to resave the Projucer file so that it updates your local makefile.

  • @d-healey Thanks for the suggestion. Debian has back in time... I just made zip files of the most important folders. It's all good I had copies of everything and restored everything back to working order. My apologies for freaking out.

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