Understand Portability Options
Have you ever wanted to share an Understand project with a colleague, or even just access it from a different computer? Understand makes this an easy task without having to create a totally new project, and provides several options to choose from.
By default, Understand projects are created with “Absolute” paths to the source files. This works great as long as you don’t have to move the project or share it.
If you do want your project to be portable, one option is to use “Relative” mode.
A quick and easy way to share a “Relative” (Project->Configure Project->Files->Portability) project is to save the Understand project.udb file in the root directory where the source code is located, Analyze the project, zip up the folder and it’s ready to share.
The other portability option is a “NamedRoot“, which is very similar to an Environment Variable that points to the root directory. When this is shared, different users can use different definitions for the “NamedRoot” by clicking “Edit Named Roots”.
There can be multiple names and paths for a single project, making it especially useful for sharing projects with people who reference project files over a network using different paths. Each named root can then be toggled off/on as needed, but don’t forget to re-analyze with any of these changes.
More information can be found in the Understand manual.