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N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Release - Skyrim Character Manager
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:59 PM »
You could kill 2 birds with one stone by getting the executable full path; strip filename to get folder for whatever you use the current folder value for, and the name for the executable to launch.

N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Release - Skyrim Character Manager
« on: January 14, 2013, 12:23 AM »
Doesn't really matter the executable, as they are renamed anyway. I use SKSE, whose exe is called skse_loader.exe, however to make it work in Steam, you rename the TESV.exe to Skyrim.exe, then rename skse_loader.exe to TESV.exe. Then Steam will call the SKSE exe which in turn loads the old TESV exe. The name of the chained exe is in the Data\SKSE\skse.ini file (RuntimeName=Skyrim.exe). So as far as any third party apps like your's, it is still TESV.exe that should be called.

My comment was that your settings dialog requires the executable folder path (eg "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim") not the executable path (eg "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim\TESV.exe") as implied by the text label, or else it does't work.


N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Release - Skyrim Character Manager
« on: January 13, 2013, 04:18 PM »
Nope, not a clue what unity even is. I just searched for the DB file name and that file popped. Seemed obvious to try using a full path spec to somewhere with permissions. But glad I could help. You might want to rename the "Skyrim executable path" text box to "Skyrim executable folder path", or just strip any filename entered, this would have saved me some time.
And just out of curiosity, what's with all the double names everywhere?

N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Release - Skyrim Character Manager
« on: January 12, 2013, 09:33 PM »
Thanks for the responses, took me a while to get back to this.

I gave Users full control of skyrimcharactermanagerdb.vdb4 amd skyrimcharactermanagerdb.vdc4, but I got another error regarding permissions to another file (.vdb4lck), so I gave Users full control of the whole Skyrim Character Manager folder. Now the app runs without admin, but I still have grey buttons, despite entering the Skyrim exe path, my save game and backup paths:
SCM grey buttons.jpg
I checked C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\ThinkShui\Forms\SkyrimCharacterManager.Shell.Shell and SkyrimCharacterManager.Shell.Shell.xml, it exists, and has the same paths as I specified in the GUI settings. I tried the paths both quoted and unquoted with no difference.

I then noticed that I had entered the full path to the executable, not the folder the executable is in. I changed the Skyrim Executable Path to the folder path instead of the executable path and now the Add button is active.

On a hunch, I also moved the vdb4 and vbc4 files to the C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\ThinkShui\Forms\SkyrimCharacterManager.Shell.Shell folder, and set that path in ThinkShuiEditableObject.Unity.config value for <property name="DatabaseName", removed the Users full control permission from the program folder, and everything seems to be working nicely.


Not sure if I missed it, but is it possible for the commands to run in an existing console window? This would be a great tool to create custom unix commands to run in a Putty console. I am an old DOS user and still have trouble with converting from Windows/DOS to Unix, with this I could save the commands I can never remember and access them with the click of a button!

N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Release - Skyrim Character Manager
« on: January 12, 2013, 03:29 AM »
I tried it but couldn't get it to work. Win7x64 system, Skyrim with SkyUI installed, and exe files renamed so Steam with launch with SkyUI enabled. After install, when I run from the desktop icon I get this error:
SCM error.jpg
I couldn't run the shortcut as admin, but found the batch file in C:\Program Files (x86)\GPG\Skyrim Character Manager folder which did work when run as admin. Did setup and set the folders to the TESV,exe path and my savegame folder, but all the buttons including Add are still greyed put. Tried using the Skyrim.exe and Launcher.exe paths with same result. Uninstalled and used the portable version with same results.
What am I doing wrong?

Find And Run Robot / Re: Farr freezes / delays : solved but...
« on: April 01, 2012, 05:16 PM »
I haven't noticed FARR freezing with ZA (Kaspersky AV).

I am not sure this is a bug, or I am doing something wrong. I have a task that sometimes goes bad when the computer sleeps. I want to be able to kill it, then restart it again. Although I could do it with a script or batch called from an alias, I wanted to try and keep it all in an alias to keep everything in one place.

What I planned to do was use the pkill plugin to kill the task, wait a few seconds to make sure it is gone (if had to be forced), then start the task again.

I tried with alias result "restartsearch pkill taskname\n ;;; sleep 5000 ;;; restartsearch taskname\n" but it doesn't work, the first part "pkill taskname" just sits in the edit box for 5 seconds, then the second part "taskname" appears in the edit box, the results are provided and the task restart is executed.

If I use just the first part ("restartsearch pkill taskname\n") by itself as alias result, it works fine, but not when joined with the rest.

Thinking it may be something to do with calling an alias, I tried using direct file commands ("C:\Windows\System32\taskkill.exe /F /IM taskname \runasadmin"), and this works with the rest of the command (";;; sleep 5000 ;;; restartsearch taskname\n"). The TaskKill command isn't as neat as the pkill plugin though (you don't get to try request before force, it is one or the other).

I also tried creating an alias for the pkill part (which works by itself), but when used as the first part of the command it doesn't find and run that alias (so again the first part does nothing). Is there something about the result window not updating until all the command is complete?

Sorry if I have missed something in the help file or forum (been searching and working on this for few hours now).


Is there something I am missing when using a plugin alias and an intermediate command, or is this a bug.

Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR and Dropbox - conflicts...
« on: February 15, 2012, 04:23 AM »
I hadn't thought of syncing my aliases via DropBox, but is a good idea.  :Thmbsup: However I would implement it by leaving FARR installed normally (outside DropBox), and just have it sync the alias files. So long as you aren't editing your alias file on both computers at the same time you won't have a conflict.

Now to make DropBox sync just the alias file, I would use a hard link (file) or symbolic link (folder) in a DropBox folder that points to your alias file/folder. I chose a junction pointing to my Documents\DonationCoder\FindAndRunRobot\AliasGroups\MyCustom folder, so all the files and any custom icons I create are all sync'd. Now, whenever I change any files under that directory tree DropBox sees them and syncs them.

I use the Link Shell Extension to create junctions, available at http://schinagl.priv...ardlinkshellext.html. With it you can just use right click to select file/folder to link, then again to create linked file/folder where you want it.

Junctions are very handy in Windows 7 (which uses them a lot, how it does all the fancy footwork with the user folders). XP can be risky, because it will delete the parent folder if the junction is deleted using explorer, Vista/7 is smart enough to remove the link and leave the source alone.


Living Room / Re: All-In-One Multi-Touch Computers - Thoughts?
« on: January 25, 2012, 10:12 PM »
For those of you who have used an AIO, how do you find looking at the screen so close you can reach it with you hands? I hate using my laptop and screen together - I much prefer to use either an external monitor with the laptop keyboard or wireless kb with laptop screen pushed away (or both). Then again my tired old eyes like a bit of distance relief for extended viewing. I can't image using an AIO for anything other than a media centre or similar where I only make a few inputs then walk away.

Character selection in Input and memo box.
Not sure if this is due to limitations of libraries you use or something in the coding, but there are some odd key combinations that don't work in these boxes.
In the Input box the normal word select keys shift+ctrl+left/right don't work but shift+home/end do.
In the memo box the shift+ctrl+left/right work, but shift+up/down, shift+home/end and shift+ctrl+home/end don't. To move the selection into the next/previous line of text you have to use shift+left/right at the end/start of the line.
This is a minor issue in such a great program, but I often want to select just the previous word to replace it, and currently I have to use multiple backspace or double click the mouse to do it.

FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Aliases for tracking packages
« on: January 10, 2012, 08:25 PM »
Great idea, but I wanted to be able to use the hotkey copy function to load the tracker links for all of them and use the index to select. I am a FARR newbie (so don't know if I did it right).

I created an alias "track", regex "^track (.*)", pasted all the results from your tracker alias file into the actions, and created a hotkey to load track %cliptext% into the search window with copy selected text checked.

Now I just highlight a tracking number in an email, use the hotkey, then select the appropriate service from the list. Saves a few keystrokes from entering the service shortcut (ups, dhl, etc) and cut and paste the tracking number.

I also added a couple of Australian trackers:
aae $$1 |$$1
fastway $$1 | http://www.fastway.c...track-your-parcel?l=$$1


Unfinished Requests / Re: IDEA: network detection
« on: January 04, 2012, 06:11 AM »
Thanks, but I assume he has gone elsewhere as there were no other followup requests. But I have posted in a few topics, I can't find many current requests that haven't already been answered several times, and which I have some chance of helping with. So just posted in a few of the toopics that didn't have answered/completed/or some such in the topic and selected notify so if they do answer I will get a heads up.
So I'm off to the search page to see if I can get a list of topics that aren't quite as old and which don't appear to be answered already. Eventually I'll find something I can help with.  :)

Finished Programs / Re: Solved javascript for forum
« on: January 04, 2012, 06:06 AM »
Glad to know I'm not quite as senile as I thought.
If I come across requests that are way old, should I ask if they are still required, or just use the "Report to moderator" link?

Finished Programs / Re: Solved javascript for forum
« on: January 04, 2012, 02:06 AM »
So I guess that is why it is under the "Finished Programs folder!  :-[ I'm an idiot

Unfinished Requests / Re: IDEA: network detection
« on: January 04, 2012, 02:00 AM »
I saw it was old, but wasn't sure if was still an outstanding request, or dead. I have a tool we use at work that does something similiar (automatically connects specific shares based on what the best available server is), and thought I may adapt it if there was still any need. And still getting my head around 2012, thought it was only a year old, will be signing 2011 date for while yet.  :-[
BTW, is there any way to seperate the active but unanswered requests from the answered and no longer required?

Finished Programs / Re: Solved javascript for forum
« on: January 02, 2012, 08:22 PM »
I think this one is done, and old, should it be marked complete?

A folder is corrupt/infected and points to itself. So subfolder is its own parent. Utility could just purge entry from directory table. Then Diskchk can be used to fix misallocations.
You aren't referring to the C:\ProgramData\Application Data in Windows 7 by any chance? This is a (multiple) redirected folder that points to itself (I don't know why, but MS thought it was a good idea). It may be because C:\ProgramData\ is a target of C:\Users\All Users, so legacy apps that use "C:\Users\AllUsers\Application Data" get pointed to C:\ProgramData folder.
There are a lot of redirected folder in Vista/7 (and some even in XP), but I think only Vista/7 have ones that point to themselves.

Unfinished Requests / Re: IDEA: network detection
« on: January 02, 2012, 08:06 PM »
Does what you have above not work? Or did you want it to do something else?

i set the screensaver in the registry to run a prog to hide the taskbar completely , wat i need is to be able to tack on 2 more programs this same way of editing the screensaver.exe reg key,
also i need to be able to re-run these three prog/shtcuts when comp comes out of idleness, to reverse the hidetaskbar/ showdesktop(restore windows)/ and hidedesktopicons.exe
You could use the command processor to run multiple programs by making cmd.exe the program that runs and give it the programs to run seperated by &. Say you want to run C:\Program Files\Prog1\Prog1.exe and C:\Program Files\Prog2\Prog2.exe then set the command to run when it enters/exits the screensaver to
cmd.exe /s /c ""C:\Program Files\Prog1\Prog1.exe" & "C:\Program Files\Prog2\Prog2.exe""
You need the /s and double quotes if more than one path includes spaces, otherwise you can leave out the /s and just quote the one path, however the above will work regardless of spaces in the paths.
The cmd windows will go away after the last program finishes.

Mouser has fixed the System32 redirection problem with v2.103.01 beta, hopefully it will be released shortly.
Edit: now out with 2.104.02.  :)

I have not been able to find the device in DOS so using a batch file does not seem doable.

You won't be able to use the command processor (artist previously known as DOS) copy command because it doesn't understand UNC paths or special folders, only drive letters. So unless you can map a drive letter to the device you won't be able to access it that way, and if you could you should be able to just copy them with Explorer.

Is this still required? If so I may be able to help with a script (which can access special folders and UNC paths). Do you want to select the files from a list or will you create the txt file list yourself? Are you using XP or Vista/7? Do you have MS Access installed (affects what file browse libraries are available)?

but another problem: on x64 OS FARR cannot start any .lnk (from %MYSTARTMENU%|%COMMONSTARTMENU%)
for build-in/system Windows application from "%windir%\System32\" that doesnt have corresponding x32 analog in "%windir%\SysWOW64\"

on windows 7 x64 you cannot execute:
"Sound Recorder", "Snipping Tool" and other.

maybe FARR, when resolve *.lnk target to %windir%\system32\* can try to find it in %windir%\sysnative too ?

I am new to FARR, although have used Launchy and Executor for some years (but am considering switching to FARR because it is so much better  :)). This is also a problem for me (and part of the reason I am looking at alternative launchers), as it is with both Launchy and Executor - although there is an unofficial Launchy x64 version.

I use regedit32 a lot, and often switch between the 32bit (sysWOW32 folder) and the 64bit (System32 folder) so I can see the HKLM\Software tree either in real mode or in the virtual redirected mode that the 32 bit version provides. There are other x64 apps I also use including nbtstat (doesn't exist in SysWOW32), and cmd.exe (need to run the x64 version to get access to nbtstat and also to manage network shares if the admin/normal networks aren't linked).

After lots of experimenting I think the following is the cause:
  • x86 apps cannot see the System32 folder, or any of the files therein. Any reference to Sstem32, including in shortcuts is redirected to the SysWOW32 folder.
  • x86 apps can call and use x64 apps that are not in the system32 folder, as it is the only one that is completely redirected.

To confirm this I use a x86 file explorer (Xplorer2) to look at the C:\Windows\System32 folder and it is exactly the same as the C:\Windows\SysWOW32 folder, and if I run C:\Windows\System32\regedit.exe I get the 32bit version (from SysWOW32 folder) and cannot see the real HKLM\Software\WOW3264node tree.

If I use a x64 version of Xplorer2 then I can see the real contents of C:\Windows\System32, and can start x64 apps from the System32 folder and x86 apps from SysWOW32 folder.
I think the only way to get access to apps (and consoles) in the C:\Windows\System32 is to do so from a x64 app. I have found that I can copy the apps out of the System32 folder and then they can be run fine.

One way I have got around this is to create a junction to the C:\Windows\System32 folder, and then I can access all the x64 app from the System32 folder by using the junction path. But this is a bit of a kludge and needs either Xplorer2 or link shell extension.

Sorry for long winded reply, but I think the only way to access the System32\apps I want is for a 64bit version of FARR.

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