Author: MadDogX
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Requirements: No addons required

Version: 1.04 beta

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Date: 2008-06-14 16:16


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unBuildArmA
by
MadDogX


Description:
in the course of my work over at ACE mod, I've created a small tool to help addon makers - specifically modellers and map makers - get all those ArmA PBOs unpacked and all the config and RVMAT files unRap'ed. The tool uses cPBO and unRap by Kegetys, and more or less automates the entire process of unpacking and unRap'ing the entire Addons folder and putting everything into the proper Ca\... folder structure by reading the "$PBOPREFIX$" files.

I thought this tool might be helpful for people who want to get their tool drives setup quickly and easily, so I've decided to release it to the public.

The program was written in C# using Visual Studio 2005 and it comes with (and requires) cPBO and unRap, courtesy of Kegetys. (I will try and contact Kegetys about this. Not sure if he allows redistribution of his tools.) At the moment unBuildArmA is still in a "beta" stage, meaning it works for all intended purposes, but it may still contain some bugs. The program is provided as free software and I can provide the C# source files on request.


Installation:
You should preferrably have ArmA and the BI tools installed, otherwise you will need to manually provide directories for unBuildArmA to work with.

Copy all files from the ZIP archive into a directory of your choice. Make sure the files cpbo.exe, unRap.exe and rapTypes.txt are in the same directory as unBuildArmA.exe before you begin using this program.


Usage:
Run unBuildArmA.exe from the command line or by double-clicking on the program icon. The tool will check for registry keys of Armed Assault and the BI tools. If one or both of those keys are not found, you will be asked to input the missing directories manually.

The tool will then begin to unpack PBOs from the ArmA Addons directory, unRap rapified files and copy all valid items into your tools directory, using the correct CA\... structure. Please not that this tool does not copy BIS p3d files, as they are in an unusable format. You will need to download the editable p3d files provided by BIS and copy them into the proper place manually.


Notes:
- The tool completely discards p3d files, as they are all in ODOL format and thus not usable. You will need to manually copy the MLOD p3d files provided by BI into your CA folder, once unBuildArmA has finished its work.

- This tool comes with no official support or warranties. If you have problems using it, feel free to ask for help in this thread and I will do my best. But I cannot provide anything beyond that, and I cannot take responsibility for anything that may go wrong while using this program. Rest assured though, that it has been tested thouroughly and should not do anything other than what is intended.

- Depending on your CPU and hard drive speeds, the unpacking and copying process may take a while to complete. During this time, temporary folders will be created inside your ArmA addons directory. These will be deleted once unBuildArmA is finished. Also rest assured that none of your stock addons fill be harmed.


Credits & Thanks:
- Kegetys for providing the cPBO and unRap tools
- Sickboy for testing this tool
- BIS for giving us our virtual playground


Disclaimer:
This tool is provided as-is, free of charge, with no support or guarantee for correct functionality. The author will not take responsibility for any damages or other inconvenience that may be caused by the use, mis-use or non-use of this program in any form. Use it at your own risk!

unBuildArmA is not supported by or affiliated with Bohemia Interactive or any other company.


Version:
v1.04 BETA
- User is now asked if he wants to include P3Ds
- Fixed a problem with existing directories causing crash

v1.03 BETA
- P3D files are no longer discarded, as they are required after all

v1.02 BETA
- Added better directory control for the user

v1.01 BETA
- Added exceptions list, to prevent extraction of unneeded files, such as voice.pbo

v1.00 BETA
- Initial release version


Forum topic:
- BI forums




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