Hi Johanna, 

Which provider are you talking about? 

You have to understand that Processing is an open and extensible system
- many providers can't be shipped with QGIS, because they are very
domain-specific and would bloat QGIS or because of licensing issues.
Hence they need to be installed and configured separately. 

However, processing providers that are shipped along with QGIS, such as
GDAL/OGR/Postgis/GRASS/Saga should work out of the box and I agree with
you, it shouldn't require extra configuration ideally. So what provider
are you talking about? 

Greetings,
Andreas 

On 2016-07-20 01:39, Johanna Botman wrote:

> Hi All,
> 
> I always struggle with the Options in Processing when I try to insert the 
> correct path for a Provider. Is there anywhere that there is some 
> documentation about what those settings should be?
> 
> I do realise that these come from a variety of sources and may vary from 
> installation to installation. But isn't it time that QGIS moved away from 
> users needing to know the intricacies of each installation? Why can't QGIS 
> work straight out from the installation by now? I want to be getting on with 
> my GIS work and analysis of data. I don't need to know about the details of 
> the entrails, do I?
> 
> And yes, I am a Windows user and I am quite happy with being provided with an 
> .exe file that just installs everything I need.
> 
> <end rant>
> 
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