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 Exult on Linux
Author: KC (---.46.227.226.lightower.net)
Date:   06-25-17 23:54

I'm setting up an older desktop with Linux. Is it better to use the Windows versions via Wine or use the native versions even if they are not as up-to-date as the Windows side?

Looking to use:
Exult
ES
UCC

Outside tools:
GIMP
ImageMagick
Git

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 Re: Exult on Linux
Author: Dominus 
Date:   06-26-17 03:22

Native versions but compile all things Exult from source!

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 Re: Exult on Linux
Author: paulo (---.net.novis.pt)
Date:   06-27-17 08:55

Just use my ppa if you're on ubuntu.

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 Re: Exult on Linux
Author: KC (---.sub-174-192-13.myvzw.com)
Date:   07-06-17 09:25

I tried the PPA but am not sure how to start ES nor Tools. Forgive my ignorance.

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 Re: Exult on Linux
Author: Dominus 
Date:   07-06-17 10:51

If the ppa is installing them correctly or rather as I expect them to you should be able to just run the commands (expack, ipack, ucxt...).
Exult Studio should just start when you enter mapedit mode in Exult.
Or try running mapedit from the command line.

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 Re: Exult on Linux
Author: paulo (---.net.novis.pt)
Date:   07-07-17 11:55

sudo apt-get install exult-studio
exult_studio


I haven't actually *used* them besides checking if it runs you understand, but it's there.

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 Re: Exult on Linux
Author: KC (---.sub-174-199-0.myvzw.com)
Date:   07-10-17 15:54

I've got a different problem. Linux Mint is not playing nicely with my high resolution screen. It might be time to buy Windows after all.

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 Re: Exult on Linux
Author: KC (---.bstnma.fios.verizon.net)
Date:   07-20-17 04:58

The high resolution screen issue seemed to be hardware-specific. Using a native DisplayPort card fixed it.

Now I'm using the PPA but it does not hiccup on missing the proper mod installation paths. I forget to put conquests as a folder, and just had data and my config file. Exult claimed to be opening the mod but failed back to using mostly the stock game without any error message either graphically or in the terminal.

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 Re: Exult on Linux
Author: KC (---.bstnma.fios.verizon.net)
Date:   07-20-17 06:04

There also appears to be a fatal hang when trying to set the background color preference in Studio.

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 Re: Exult on Linux
Author: paulo (---.net.novis.pt)
Date:   07-21-17 06:41

The error is likely to be the same. Linux standard is to copy read-only data and exec files to a read only path structure. This works fine for playing the game, because the default path can be changed at compile time. Currently the config is:


dh_auto_configure -- --prefix=/usr \
--bindir=\$${prefix}/games \
--mandir=\$${prefix}/share/man \
--datadir=\$${prefix}/share/games \
--with-timidity=\$${prefix}/share/games/exult \
--enable-mods \
--enable-nxbr \
--enable-exult-studio \
--enable-exult-studio-support \
--enable-gimp-plugin \
--enable-compiler \
--enable-mt32emu \
--with-sdl=sdl2

so, games data get read by default on /usr/share/games/exult/*

However, you should still be able to change this with the cfg file in ~/.exult.cfg (not the dir, the file exists too).

The hang is likely to be something trying to write where it shouldn't. If true, this is a upstream problem.

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 Re: Exult on Linux
Author: paulo (---.net.novis.pt)
Date:   07-21-17 06:54

Ah i think i misunderstood something, the first i also had some problems with.


In linux, filenames are case sensitive, so one of the default filenames for the mod configuration files. For a while, the ppa was not running the keyring mod and i hadn't noticed (because again, no error notification). It was caused by the default name of 'Keyring.cfg'. I had to lower case it to 'keyring.cfg' during install (probably because all game files were lower cased when copied to prevent those same errors, and the game was finding the cfg and trying to find the game dir from its name but failing).

So yes, i'm almost certain upstream is saying the mod exists if the cfg file exists, regardless if it can find the dir.

I haven't found other problems with the case of the files while playing though, i think the exult upstream is fairly disciplined about refering to files lowercase, this must be because the name comes direct from the filesystem (the cfg filename).

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 Re: Exult on Linux
Author: paulo (---.net.novis.pt)
Date:   07-21-17 06:55

Wish i could edit replies. Disregard the second part of the first phrase above please.

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 Re: Exult on Linux
Author: paulo (89.180.147.---)
Date:   07-21-17 10:47

In the first phrase of the second paragraph doh.

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