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@_discord_578906759536705546:t2bot.iofr3dz10#4766 You could also grab an artifact from https://gitlab.com/OpenMW/openmw/-/merge_requests/192 22:02:17
@_discord_578906759536705546:t2bot.iofr3dz10#4766 And perhaps give feedback on the functionality 22:02:51
@_discord_491363278685995008:t2bot.ioAvery I have no idea what a CLI is but I'll give it a try thanks 22:27:09
@_discord_238099322942521345:t2bot.ioPopeRigby#8067 command-line interface 22:31:11
@_discord_238099322942521345:t2bot.ioPopeRigby#8067 whereas something like discord uses a graphical user interface, where you interact with it through moving around your mouse and clicking on things, you interact with a CLI through just typing commands. 22:32:00
@_discord_491363278685995008:t2bot.ioAvery Thanks lmao 22:33:06
@_discord_238099322942521345:t2bot.ioPopeRigby#8067 just wanted to be thorough in case you didn't know haha 22:33:32
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@_discord_314314148441882624:t2bot.ioAkitoshTheBold honestly, once you get used to it, it gets a lot easier to manage mods with the cfg file. Now, I know this is not what you asked. So I'm sorry. But allow me to make a case for it.

In a regular mod manager, it'll put files into your game directory. Which is needed because the normal morrowind.exe file can only read files in its data directory. Which means all these files are overwriting each other. The result is, that your game directory becomes a bit of a mess. Not as bad as manually doing it though, because you can undo it with the mod manager.

Now, because openmw doesn't use the morrowind.exe, it can actually read files from other places. Meaning, you can have your mods in a different folder like /home/user/gaming/openmw-mods/.
And on top of that you can place them each individually in a different folder. Because you're explicitly stating what folder to load in the config file.

This means you can very painlessly uninstall/install mods. And the only real risk is your savefile. Which you can also copy to a separate "mod-testing" folder and test a mod on it before deciding to keep it.

And a nice benifit I personally find it that you can add comments to the cfg file by typing # and leave notes and/or group/organize your mods
14:00:14
@_discord_314314148441882624:t2bot.ioAkitoshTheBold I just find it's a lot cleaner without a mod manager. That said, I do think it's possible to make a program/script to automate the process. I'll look into it and see if I can find/make something 14:03:22
@_discord_314314148441882624:t2bot.ioAkitoshTheBold Might take me a week or two tho 14:03:49
@_discord_256885409026408449:t2bot.ioMaladjustedPlatypus I generally add a bunch of data="mod/directory/here/ " blank lines to the config. Then set up the folders for all the mods I want and just copy paste the folder names en masse. Can just copy paste the file path, too, no need to actually type out the lines. 14:25:34
@_discord_237712957604102144:t2bot.iojohnnyhostile Some editors can even auto-complete paths too 14:32:03
@_discord_599630931216695297:t2bot.ioeddie5 On a mac if you drag a file/folder from finder into a terminal (or textedit if you've told it to use plain text) what winds up in the destination window is the full path. But it's simple enough with just copy/paste. 14:38:14
@_discord_314314148441882624:t2bot.ioAkitoshTheBold i setup the folders for my mods, then i open the terminal and just do
for i in *; do
  echo "data=\"/mnt/d/Mods/OpenMW-Mod/$i\""
done > lines_to_paste.txt
14:57:04
@_discord_314314148441882624:t2bot.ioAkitoshTheBold then just copy the contents of lines_to_paste.txt into your openmw.cfg and then move them around to manage load order 14:57:54
@_discord_314314148441882624:t2bot.ioAkitoshTheBold that's what i'm thinking of doing for a script now. the problem is load order automation. 14:58:45
@_discord_314314148441882624:t2bot.ioAkitoshTheBold the only solution i can think of so far is to name your folder so that the resulting list is already in load order 14:59:28
@_discord_314314148441882624:t2bot.ioAkitoshTheBold i personally don't mind moving lines around to get the load order right. but editing config files can be scary for beginners 15:00:04
@_discord_314314148441882624:t2bot.ioAkitoshTheBold i setup the folders for my mods, then i open the terminal and just do
for i in *; do
  echo "data=\"/path/to/your/mods-folder/$i\""
  # example: echo "data=\"/mnt/d/Mods/OpenMW-Mod/$i\""
done > lines_to_paste.txt
15:00:20
@_discord_314314148441882624:t2bot.ioAkitoshTheBold i setup the folders for my mods, then i open the terminal and just do
for i in *; do # <- here * is all folders and files
  echo "data=\"/path/to/your/mods-folder/$i\"" # <- $i will be the name of mod
  # example: echo "data=\"/mnt/d/Mods/OpenMW-Mod/$i\""
done > lines_to_paste.txt
15:01:42
@_discord_314314148441882624:t2bot.ioAkitoshTheBold i setup the folders for my mods, then i open the terminal and just do
for i in *; do # <- here * is all folders and files
  echo "data=\"/path/to/your/mods-folder/$i\"" # <- $i will sutomatically substitute the name of the mod when it outputs
  # example: echo "data=\"/mnt/d/Mods/OpenMW-Mod/$i\""
done > lines_to_paste.txt
15:02:42
@_discord_654120370235768832:t2bot.ioHemaris you can also select one or multiple folders and press option-command-C, which copies their full pathnames as text, one per line 15:03:06
@_discord_314314148441882624:t2bot.ioAkitoshTheBold i setup the folders for my mods, then i open the terminal and just do
for i in *; do # <- here * is all folders and files
  echo "data=\"/path/to/your/mods-folder/$i\"" # <- $i will automatically substitute the name of the mod when it outputs
  # example: echo "data=\"/mnt/d/Mods/OpenMW-Mod/$i\""
done > lines_to_paste.txt
15:03:17
@_discord_314314148441882624:t2bot.ioAkitoshTheBold i setup the folders for my mods, then i open the terminal and just do
for i in *; do
  echo "data=\"/path/to/your/mods-folder/$i\"" # <- $i will automatically substitute the name of the mod when it outputs
  # example: echo "data=\"/mnt/d/Mods/OpenMW-Mod/$i\""
done > lines_to_paste.txt
15:03:26
@_discord_314314148441882624:t2bot.ioAkitoshTheBold * i setup the folders for my mods, then i open the terminal and just do
for i in *; do
  echo "data=\"/path/to/your/mods-folder/$i\"" # <- $i will automatically substitute the name of the mod when it outputs
  # example: echo "data=\"/mnt/d/Mods/OpenMW-Mod/$i\""
done > lines_to_paste.txt
15:06:50

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