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Custom modfolders are folders that can contain theme addons for easy selection, or Data files which change general parameters of the game. If you have OFP:Resistance, your \RES folder is an example for a modfolder.
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__NOTOC__ {{Feature|arma3|While most of the following information is still valid for {{arma3}}, it is recommended to use the [[Arma 3: Launcher]] for mod management.}}
  
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Custom '''mod folders''' is a concept that was introduced with {{ofp}}. It allows addon makers and players to completely change most aspects of the game.
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They were introduced with the release {{ofpr}}, which also became the first total conversion.
  
Certain Flashpoint players prefer to put an "@" in front of each modfolder's name, so they get listed them at the beginning in the main Flashpoint folder, and can be easily separated from essential game folders.
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{{Feature|Informative|It has become a common practice to start mod folder names with a "@" in front of the name to distinguish them from other files in the {{arma}} directory. However, this is '''optional''.}}
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[[File:A3 Adding Mod Folders.jpg|right|150]]
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=== Making it Work ===
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To load and use a mod folder it has to be added to the game's [[:Category: Startup Parameters| Startup Parameters]] "-mod".
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This is done by creating a new executable shortcut and editing the startup parameters.
  
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If for example you are trying to load a mod named @test the startup command might look like this:
  
To use Modfolders you have to create a shortcut to your OFP executable, and in the path add the folowing parameter: -Modname
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{{hl|c= C:\Program Files\Codemasters\OperationFlashpoint\FLASHPOINTRESISTANCE.EXE" -mod=@test}}
  
"C:\Program Files\Codemasters\OperationFlashpoint\FLASHPOINTRESISTANCE.EXE"
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To load several mods separate their names with the "''';'''" character.<br>
    [[-nomap]] [[-nosplash]] -mod=@winter
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{{hl|c= C:\Program Files\Codemasters\OperationFlashpoint\FLASHPOINTRESISTANCE.EXE" -mod=@test;@test2}}
  
Alternatively, you can use [http://www.flashpoint1985.com/cgi-bin/ikonboard311/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=4;t=47702 'OFP Mod Selector'], by Operator of Dissidence.
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=== How it Works ===
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The "-mod" parameter defines a path the engine will use to load data files when loading the game.
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{{Feature|Important|If running {{ofp}}, it is important to remember that the ''RES'' mod will automatically be added first to the list of mod folders.}}
  
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A mod folder can contain all the data that your {{arma}} install folder can contain. This includes missions, campaigns, and addons subfolders, etc.
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The most common use of mod folders is to organize addon .pbo files.
  
=== Mission modfolders ===
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=== Addon Mod Folders ===
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Since most players today have a very large number of extra addons installed it has become a common practice to divide them into addon mod folders.
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The benefit of this practice is that the engine only has to load the addons in the mod folders specified by the player, lowering memory usage significantly.
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To create an addon mod folder simple pick a name and create the directories "@myname\Addons\" in the game's directory.
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Next place all addons you want in this mod folder into this directory and add "@myname" to your "-mod" list when these addons are needed.
  
Within the Missions folder you can use subfolders, like in the example shown [[Media:MissionModFolder.png|here]]. This cannot be done in the MPMissions folder. You don't have to use a Mod to make such subfolders, you can create them also just to sort your missions.
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To make this easier you might wish to create several shortcuts loading different mod folders.
  
Within the MissionModFolder, you can place an [[Overview.html|overview.html]] which, just like Single missions, can display an image and some lines of text.
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The main drawback of this technique is that it is hard for other players in multiplayer games to know what kind of changes you are playing with as mod folders can be used to make beneficial configuration changes to the game, in other words cheat.
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=== Conflicting Addons / Addon Load Order ===
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Since {{arma1}}, it is possible for addons to modify classes in other addons, including those in the game's core "addons". If the user installs two addons that try to modify the same property of a given class (for example, the model property of the basic soldier class), then obviously both addons can not work as intended (together in the same install, that is).
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In these cases, there is almost nothing that the user can do to determine which addon takes "priority". Inside of the addons themselves is a property called "requiredAddons", which determines addon load order, regardless of mod folder order. See [[CfgPatches]].
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{{GameCategory|arma1|Tips}}
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[[Category: Startup Parameters]]

Latest revision as of 00:23, 16 November 2021

Arma 3
While most of the following information is still valid for Arma 3, it is recommended to use the Arma 3: Launcher for mod management.

Custom mod folders is a concept that was introduced with Operation Flashpoint. It allows addon makers and players to completely change most aspects of the game. They were introduced with the release Operation Flashpoint: Resistance, which also became the first total conversion.

It has become a common practice to start mod folder names with a "@" in front of the name to distinguish them from other files in the Arma directory. However, this is 'optional.
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Making it Work

To load and use a mod folder it has to be added to the game's Startup Parameters "-mod". This is done by creating a new executable shortcut and editing the startup parameters.

If for example you are trying to load a mod named @test the startup command might look like this:

C:\Program Files\Codemasters\OperationFlashpoint\FLASHPOINTRESISTANCE.EXE" -mod=@test

To load several mods separate their names with the ";" character.
C:\Program Files\Codemasters\OperationFlashpoint\FLASHPOINTRESISTANCE.EXE" -mod=@test;@test2

How it Works

The "-mod" parameter defines a path the engine will use to load data files when loading the game.

If running Operation Flashpoint, it is important to remember that the RES mod will automatically be added first to the list of mod folders.

A mod folder can contain all the data that your Arma install folder can contain. This includes missions, campaigns, and addons subfolders, etc. The most common use of mod folders is to organize addon .pbo files.

Addon Mod Folders

Since most players today have a very large number of extra addons installed it has become a common practice to divide them into addon mod folders. The benefit of this practice is that the engine only has to load the addons in the mod folders specified by the player, lowering memory usage significantly. To create an addon mod folder simple pick a name and create the directories "@myname\Addons\" in the game's directory. Next place all addons you want in this mod folder into this directory and add "@myname" to your "-mod" list when these addons are needed.

To make this easier you might wish to create several shortcuts loading different mod folders.

The main drawback of this technique is that it is hard for other players in multiplayer games to know what kind of changes you are playing with as mod folders can be used to make beneficial configuration changes to the game, in other words cheat.

Conflicting Addons / Addon Load Order

Since Armed Assault, it is possible for addons to modify classes in other addons, including those in the game's core "addons". If the user installs two addons that try to modify the same property of a given class (for example, the model property of the basic soldier class), then obviously both addons can not work as intended (together in the same install, that is).

In these cases, there is almost nothing that the user can do to determine which addon takes "priority". Inside of the addons themselves is a property called "requiredAddons", which determines addon load order, regardless of mod folder order. See CfgPatches.