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In this section the (default) file and directory structure is described for the Quaestor external data management in order to organise all knowledge and data for knowledge-based systems. Please note that part of the described directories are created when the program is installed and part of the structure is created while working with the program. Below we have assumed that Quaestor has already been started for the first time, see Quaestor installation for directory creation at first time start-up and all other installation issues. Where possible the description includes the use by the knowledge system.

Please note that with the introduction of Quaestor version 2.47.2, in addition to this standard structure, ICT departments are able to create a dynamic root path definition for projects. This enables ICT departments to merge the standard Quaestor directory structure with a logic directory structure within an organisation. For explanation on the use of this feature [Click here].

See also the topic on General kbs root path for additional functionality to show available knowledge bases in a navigation window inside Quaestor.


Both the QKB and the QPF are binary files that can be saved anywhere. There default location for Quaestor is defined in the personal user settings found in the menu dialog Tools>Options>Files.
Quaestor is an executable (requiring some additional libraries) that is usually installed on the workstation. The knowledge based system can be started by double clicking a project file, a knowledge base file or the Quaestor program. The particular startup behaviour will depend on the user level and the knowledge base protection.