I'm trying to make my KiCad projects portable & that requires my custom symbols & footprint I used for these different projects be portable as well. So I'm putting my "my_symbols" & "my_footprints" folders in the same level as the folders for each projects.
Now, for the projects to refer to these custom footprints I go to
Preferences > Manage Footprint Libraries > Project Specific Libraries > [Browse Folder] & browse for my_footprint folder. When the absolute path is inserted in
Library Path, I make it relative by overwriting "../my_footprints" & click OK. This seems to work as the footprints are available for adding, editing or updating.
The problem is doing the same for symbols. I go to
Preferences > Manage Symbol Libraries > Project Specific Libraries > [Browse Folder] & browse for the individual kicad_syms I have. When the absolute path is inserted in
Library Path I change it to "../my_symbols/xxxx.kicad_sym". This seemingly works as I click OK, but though the name of the symbol is in the list for adding or editing, selecting it yields nothing, "No symbols selected".
Sure I can simply import the symbols for the project every time I change folders or workstation, but there's gotta be a smoother way.