Acquia stack and multisite creates two folders

Acquia stack and multisite creates two folders

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Acquia stack and multisite creates two folders

Not quite sure if this is a possible bug. On a multi-site install with Dev Desktop I end up getting two folders when initiating install with "New Drupal Multisite". The folder structure is:

Both test-site1, test-site1.dd are created at the install and contain the same files. If I add /theme/test1 it gets duplicated in the other folder. I can get a multisite to run with no issues. If I delete either one of the test-site1 folders the site does not display in the browser.

My questions are the duplicate folders necessary and if not how can I eliminate one?

Thanks much for any insites. Thomas

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You appear to have posted your comment on the wrong page, unless you were just trying to imply that since Acquia Dev Desktop is free, its non-conventional behavior is acceptable, and that questions of 'Why' ahould not be asked, as in, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth." In any case, you have not explained the extent to which the current Acquia sites/*.dd folder will have a bearing on users. Of particular concern to me is whether or not users can export their sites for use online anywhere other that Acquia's servers.



Strangly, even with a single site creation using the current Acquia Dev Desktop (which is actually version 2 of Acquia Dev Desktop), it creates two folders within [Drupal-8-root]/sites.

"default", and "whatever.dd", the 'properties'-windows of which on MS Windows shows that they are identically sized; though strangely, the icon for the *.dd folder has the little 'shortcut-icon' added to its bottom-left corner. Very weird.

This double-folder creation was also always the case a couple of years back with the original Acquia Dev desktop version 1.

This confusion is the primary reason why I have not created a beginning newbie users step-by-step guide to using ADDv2 for posting at, even though Acquia Dev Desktop is the easiest way I have found to get a Drupal site up-and-running on Windows (and presumably on MAC).

Instead, I guess I'll look into using XAMPP (Windows only) as an alternative, since it appears to be the 'stack' most highly recommended for Windows across the Earth, and since XAMPP appears to be



Please post a link where we can find a detailed explanation as to the full extent of in what way the non-standard ways the *.dd folders will immediately affect us as we create our sites; and what will be required of us to export our sites to any number of hosting environments other than Acquia.

If you would be so kind as to share a link with an explanation as to why this duplicate folder situation exists, that would be wonderful, particularly since my only guess is that it is a proprietary attempt to force users of Acquia Dev Desktop to use Acquia for hosting after they learn too late of their unwitting blindness to this reprehensible fact, assuming my ONLY GUESS is correct, though if I am correct, that surely disappoints me in my desire to truly love Dries Buytaert.'s picture
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Edit: Addition to incomplete sentence above:

... and since XAMPP appears to be the Windows stack for which there appears to be the most documentation on's picture
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XAMPP is available for Linux, and MAC, in addition to Windows.