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Error: Warning: ArcView cannot save or create this file

Error Message

Clicking the Make Default button on the Customize dialog box returns the following message.

Warning: ArcView cannot save or create this file.

Cause

You don't have permissions to create a user default project.

Solution or Workaround

  1. Determine how ArcView sees the $HOME directory.

    A. Open a new view.
    B. Select Add Theme from the View menu.
    C. Replace the path in the Directory field with the environment variable, for example $HOME
    D. Press the Enter key.

    The Directory field will now show the actual path.

  2. Make sure you have write permission to the $HOME directory.
  3. Examine the $HOME directory for a file named default.apr. Make sure this file is not write protected.