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I am creating a Drupal site using Acquia Dev Desktop. I have noticed that there seems to be duplicate files located at

C:\Users\Sam\Sites\devdesktop\columbiablooms-dev\docroot\sites\all

and

C:\Users\Sam\Sites\devdesktop\openoutreach-7.x-1.19\sites

"Sam" is my Win 7 logon. Columbiablooms is the name of the site I'm building. Using Acquia Dev Desktop I pushed the site up to Acquia. What is the relationship between the two file paths?

Does the C:\Users\Sam\Sites\devdesktop\columbiablooms-dev folder have anything to do with multisite or is it necessary for Acquia Dev Desktop? Having stuff duplicated seems a waste and causes confusion for a newbie like myself.

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C:\Users\Sam\Sites\devdesktop\columbiablooms-dev contains data for your Acquia site (e.g. hooks has scripts that can trigger upon deployment, private contains files that setup as private in Drupal's file system, etc.)

The C:\Users\Sam\Sites\devdesktop\columbiablooms-dev\docroot dir is the webroot of your site; this is the dir that is the base of your domain that is uploaded to Acquia (e.g. C:\Users\Sam\Sites\devdesktop\columbiablooms-dev\docroot\index.php -> http://www.example.com/index.php). See this post for an explanation of all the subdirectories.

C:\Users\Sam\Sites\devdesktop\openoutreach-7.x-1.19 is a copy of OpenOutreach 1.19 you downloaded. It contains the OpenOutreach installation profile, its needed modules/themes, and the version of Drupal it's bundled with.

  • Thanks for your explanation and for being patient with a newbie. Why is there duplication of files? I ran across a problem trying to remove mailchimp. I discovered that mailchimp was in both locations. – Sam Stamport Jun 1 '15 at 11:16
  • I presume it was downloaded as a part of some installation process. I don't know. How did you install OpenOutreach? The docroot dir should contain everything with your Drupal install. – Shawn Conn Jun 1 '15 at 12:17
  • I was pretty careful about installing the Open Outreach distribution, but there's always the possibility that I misunderstood instructions. I've learned quite a bit about Drupal over the last several weeks, but there are areas that are still unclear. – Sam Stamport Jun 1 '15 at 15:36
  • Unless you've changed something with DevDesktop, you should be fine removing that; your entire install should be contained under docroot. You can test it by temporarily removing that folder and testing that your local copy still is functional. – Shawn Conn Jun 1 '15 at 15:52

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