BSAPACK v 0.1a

Beschreibung: BSAPACK v 0.1a by ghostwheelMarch 3, 2003The Elder Scrolls 3 BSA file packer/unpacker.PLEASE, READ THIS FILE ENTIRELY!This utility performs 3 functions:1) List content of the BSA file2) Unpack BSA file into the current directory3) Create new BSA file from files in the subdirectories in the current directoryThis is the very first version of this utility and as such, it lacks many bellsand whistles. More precisely, it has VERY limited functionality and not user-friendlyinterface. If you not familiar with command line utilities you better not use it.This program has been tested extensively by me and should be stable at this point.However, of course, I can not guarantee that there are no errors, so ALWAYS BACKUP yourMorrowind installation and ALWAYS run bsapack only in the designated directory, so it willnot be able to interfere with other files.Source code (Visual C++) is also included, but it is not commented yet. Feel free to use itto write your own utility if you want. Once I will have time, I will prepare document thatdescribes BSA file format which should be helpful.Finally, I am also not responsible for any actions this program will perform on your computer.BSAPACK is distributed AS IS.Usage:This is a windows console application, thus, all commands are specified through command line.1) List files in the BSA archive:bsapack listThis function will list file names in the archive together with some internal information.Example:bsapack list Tribunal.bsa2) Unpack files from BSA archive into the current directory.bsapack unpackThis function will unpack ALL files from the provided BSA archive into the current directory,creating appropriate subdirectories for each file. At this time it is not possible to unpackonly certain files - all files will be unpacked always. So, PLEASE MAKE SURE that currentdirectory IS EMPTY before starting unpacking - never do that directly in Morrowind's"Data Files" directory.Example:(create Temp directory on the D: drive and copy Tribunal.bsa and bsapack.exe into it)(run command prompt)D:cd \Tempbsapack unpack Tribunal.bsa3) Pack files in the subdirectories in current directory into the new BSA archive.bsapack packThis function will create new BSA archive. ONLY files in all subdirectories (including nestedsubdirs) in current directory will be added. Files, placed directly in the current directory,WILL NOT be added to the archive. Also, at this time it is impossible to update existing BSAarchive - you can only create new one (but nothing prevents you from unpacking old archive,modifying couple of files and creating new archive). Do not forget to add new BSA file into the[Archives] section of the Morrowind.iniExample:(create Temp directory on the D: drive, copy bsapack.exe into it)(create Icons, Meshes and Textures subdirectories in D:\Temp and put appropriate files into them)(run command prompt)D:cd \Tempbsapack pack NewFile.bsabsapack list NewFile.bsa >out.txt(check content of the out.txt file to ensure that all files were indeed added to the NewFile.BSA)IMPORTANT INFORMATION1) BSA archive does not store date/time information about files. Thus, after unpacking all fileswill have current date/time. This is a limitation of the BSA file format.2) BSA archive ALWAYS stores all file names in lowercase. Thus, after unpacking all createddirectories and files will be in the lowercase. This is also a limitation of the BSA fileformat.3) I tried to put various directories in the Morrowind "Data Files" directory into the BSA files.So far, results are following:- Fonts, Splash, Music and Sound directories SHOULD NOT be placed in the BSA archives. Morrowind willnot find them there.- Icons, Meshes and Textures directories can be freely placed into the single or multiple BSA archives.- BookArt directory is empty in my installation, so I was not able to test it.4) I never tested whether or not order in which BSA archives listed in the Morrowind.ini have any effects on the Morrowind. I also have not tested what will happen if same file was put into multipleBSA archives (may that is when order will come into play).5) Currently BSAPACK can add only up to 20000 files into single BSA archive. While this should be sufficient for most imaginable situations, this limit can be easily increased if necessary.


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