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Compiling Method on a NTFS Formatted Drive
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This tutorial will give you another option on how to compile your map for Call of Duty: United Offensive. Please note that this method will only work if you have Call of Duty and UO installed on a NTFS formatted drive

Thanks to RyanF for doing most of the legwork on this one

This is an extremely easy way of compiling, as you don't need to copy folders, you don't need to rename folders, and you don't need to tear your hair out trying to figure out where your file is or went.

This tutorial assumes that you have your Call of Duty installed to C:\Program Files\Call of Duty and that United Offensive is installed to C:\Program Files\Call of Duty\UO. If you have installed to any other drive letter, alter the folder creation, symlink creation and .bat file to suit. This tutorial also assumes that you have your game installed on a NTFS drive.

The first thing we are going to do is create a symlink (symbolic link) on your hard drive. It is important to note that you CANNOT do this on a drive that is not NTFS. There is a nice little utility that was released by sysinternals (click to visit their site) called junction, and we are going to get that.

Step 1 (Get junction.exe)

Download junction.zip and save it to your desktop. The file comes as a .zip file, and we need to extract the executable, so double-click the downloaded .zip file and then highlight junction.exe. Click extract, and we want it in the root - so send it to C:\.

To check that you did this right, open My Computer and look in the Local Disk C:\. You should see junction.exe - if not, either extract the file again, or find where you extracted it to and move it to the proper location.

Step 2 (Create the empty folder)

We are now going to create an empty folder that your computer will think has all of the same contents as your Call of Duty installation.

Open My Computer and from there open Local Disk C:\. Find the folder called Program Files (C:\Program Files) and open it.

Now right-click in Program Files and click New --> Folder. A new folder will appear and you need to call it Game.

Step 3 (Create the symlink)

We are now going to create the symlink on your NTFS drive.

Click Start --> Run and in the launcher type cmd. (this will bring up your command line editor)

We need to get to the root C:\ so in the command prompt type cd\ and press enter.

Now, we are going to run the junction.exe that we placed here earlier. In the command prompt type junction -s "C:\Program Files\Game" "C:\Program Files\Call of Duty". This is what it should look like this:

junction.jpg

Now, your computer will treat the empty "Game" folder like it has everything that the "Call of Duty" folder has in it.

Step 4 (Export your map from Graydiant)

By now, you should be familiar with the process of exporting your .map from Graydiant, but in case you're not...

Open your map in Graydiant, and click file --> export (.map).

By default, the .map file extracts to C:\Program Files\Call of Duty\UO\maps\yourmapname.map

Make sure that if your map is a multiplayer map that you move it to C:\Program Files\Call of Duty\UO\maps\mp\yourmapname.map

Step 5 (Create your .bat file)

Again, you should be familiar by now with creating a .bat file, but for those who aren't...

Browse to the location where your .map is C:\Program Files\Call of Duty\UO\maps\ for singleplayer maps and C:\Program Files\Call of Duty\UO\maps\mp\ for multiplayer maps.

Right-click and click New --> Text Document. Name this text document "yourmapname.bat" (WITHOUT the quotation marks, as this saves the file as a .bat for you)

Now, right-click the yourmapname.bat and click edit

Enter the following information, substituting yourmapname with the actual name of your map. DO NOT copy the asterix's (*), they are only there to show you the beginning and end of the .bat file. I would also recommend NOT copying and pasting, but typing this information in line by line, as some pages do not include the line ends, making your .bat all run together.

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"C:\Program Files\Call of Duty\uoTools\bin\q3map" -v -fulldetail -game uo "C:\Program Files\Call of Duty\uo\maps\mp\YOURMAPNAME"


pause


"C:\Program Files\Call of Duty\uoTools\bin\q3map" -vis -v -game uo "C:\Program Files\Call of Duty\uo\maps\mp\YOURMAPNAME"


pause


"C:\Program Files\Call of Duty\uoTools\bin\flare" -sundiffusesamples 10 -dumpoptions -game uo "C:\Program Files\game\uo\maps\mp\YOURMAPNAME"

pause



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The spaces between the lines are where you should be pressing Enter to end your line...when finished you should have 6 seperate lines of text.

Click file --> Save.

Step 6 (Compiling your map)

Simply run the .bat file you created, the symlink does the magic, and saves on both frustration and hard drive space.

For those interested, here is a screenshot of my game settings and the symlink in action

screen.jpg

Cheers,

StrYdeR

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