Some sceneries do not work on external Hard Disk Drive

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Some sceneries do not work on external Hard Disk Drive

Post by flynhi66 » Thu Aug 04, 2022 1:32 am

I've used updater to install new sceneries without issues.

I've decided to start installing them on a larger external HDD, not my local (c:) HDD.

This has worked and I'm able to run sceneries from my E: with no issues - except for SOME sceneries.

If I tell Updater to move it to C:, it does and then the scenery works. If I move it back to E:, it fails to work. The test case I'm working with is Cascade scenery. I have included a screenshot of what condor sees as installed, versus contents of local c: drive and external e: drive.

I am stumped at this point and would appreciate any ideas. I tried creating a shortcut for Cascade in the C: scenery folder but that did not work so there must be something else I'm missing. I did remove the download files and force it to fetch a new copy while testing to rule out any issues with a previous download.

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Re: Some sceneries do not work on external Hard Disk Drive

Post by dgtfer » Thu Aug 04, 2022 8:44 am

You just need to recreate a symbolic link between your external HD and the Condor2/Landscape folder.
Search for "create a symbolic link" in this forum to find how...
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Re: Some sceneries do not work on external Hard Disk Drive

Post by flynhi66 » Thu Aug 04, 2022 4:07 pm

I heard symbolic-link, and as a retired unix admin, I got excited :-P

Actually it is a Junction Link to be accurate, I believe. A simple shortcut on earlier troubleshooting did not look right (and did not work). Including the syntax I used (and verified it works) for an example to follow in case others stumble across this. Thanks for the guidance.

Directory of C:\Condor2\Landscapes

08/03/2022 02:56 PM <DIR> .
07/27/2022 11:39 AM <DIR> ..
07/29/2022 07:02 AM <JUNCTION> Arizona2 [\??\E:\Condor2_Scenery\Arizona2]
07/29/2022 07:08 AM <JUNCTION> Auckland [\??\E:\Condor2_Scenery\Auckland]
07/29/2022 07:43 AM <JUNCTION> Everest2 [\??\E:\Condor2_Scenery\Everest2]
07/26/2022 06:47 AM <DIR> Slovenia2
0 File(s) 0 bytes
6 Dir(s) 100,414,578,688 bytes free

C:\Condor2\Landscapes>mklink /J "Cascade Range" e:\condor2_scenery\"Cascade Range"
Junction created for Cascade Range <<===>> e:\condor2_scenery\Cascade Range

C:\Condor2\Landscapes>dir
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 2CAC-579B

Directory of C:\Condor2\Landscapes

08/04/2022 07:03 AM <DIR> .
07/27/2022 11:39 AM <DIR> ..
07/29/2022 07:02 AM <JUNCTION> Arizona2 [\??\E:\Condor2_Scenery\Arizona2]
07/29/2022 07:08 AM <JUNCTION> Auckland [\??\E:\Condor2_Scenery\Auckland]
08/04/2022 07:03 AM <JUNCTION> Cascade Range [e:\condor2_scenery\Cascade Range]
07/29/2022 07:43 AM <JUNCTION> Everest2 [\??\E:\Condor2_Scenery\Everest2]
07/26/2022 06:47 AM <DIR> Slovenia2
0 File(s) 0 bytes
7 Dir(s) 100,415,082,496 bytes free
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Re: Some sceneries do not work on external Hard Disk Drive

Post by Bre901 » Thu Aug 04, 2022 5:19 pm

CondorUpdater creates junctions automatically if you configure it to install landscapes in an alternate folder.

As you are a retired unix admin, you are probably more than comfortable with command prompt windows :wink: , but you could also use the small app I have written (CoJuGe, available on my tools page in the signature) that creates all missing junctions between the Condor landscapes folder and any alternate folder
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