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Templates are not recognized on Windows if the User Preferences and Scripts are set to a Network Drive location via environment variables
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Description

System Information
Operating system: Windows 10, latest updated (happened in Windows 7 too)
Graphics card: Quadro 4000

Blender Version
Broken:
every version that had Template System, both 2.79 and 2.8

Short description of error
This might be linked in some regards to the report here: https://developer.blender.org/T52442 but my case is a bit different. I am using BLENDER_USER_CONFIG and BLENDER_USER_SCRIPTS environment variables to relocate the User prefs to a network drive, so I can access them company-wide. While this works great for scripts, the steps described here do not work - the Templates are never even listed: https://docs.blender.org/manual/en/latest/advanced/app_templates.html

When I install an application template, say, Blender-Pro, via the provided commands in Blender 2.79, it is copied to the correct location stated in the manual:

But the UI does not list it:

But here comes the best part: If I move the entire folder bl_app_templates_user from the correct location to my local drive, that is C:\Users\MYUSER\AppData\Roaming\Blender Foundation\Blender\2.79\scripts\startup, it IS recognized:

So it seems as if the Application System is entirely ignoring the BLENDER_USER_SCRIPTS variable.

Details

Type
Bug