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Exult for Mac OSX has some complicated instructions on how to compile and all this other crap for Ultima VII. They provide a static build file you can download. Here's the thing, I already have all the stuff installed that is needed (XCode, Quartz, etc.) so I don't need to do what they are saying. When I run the Exult file it asks for a config file. None appears to be present anywhere. Can someone just help me with creating a config file and where to put it? I think it jut has basic game parameters and tells Exult where to point to find the UVII files. Thanks for any help!
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I think you are confusing the guide on how to compile Exult with the usual guide on how to install Exult. Follow this :
http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#installation

Exult does NOT ask you for a cfg file, it tells you to edit the cfg file to point at the games. Exult automatically creates a config file when you first run it.
see http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#exult_config_location

The easiest way to use the gog Version of U7 with Exult is following the steps in http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#gog_mac that way no editing of the cfg file is needed.
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DominusExult: I think you are confusing the guide on how to compile Exult with the usual guide on how to install Exult. Follow this :
http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#installation

Exult does NOT ask you for a cfg file, it tells you to edit the cfg file to point at the games. Exult automatically creates a config file when you first run it.
see http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#exult_config_location

The easiest way to use the gog Version of U7 with Exult is following the steps in http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#gog_mac that way no editing of the cfg file is needed.
I wish this was the case, but when I click the link you provide it describes that I have to compile it for Mac... I also tried the steps for the GOG version for Mac and it did not change anything. I just don't know what to do. I hate how difficult it is to get these patches to work on Mac. :(
It does not say anything about compiling. It says get Exult from the download page. And there you grab the snapshot for OS X....
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DominusExult: It does not say anything about compiling. It says get Exult from the download page. And there you grab the snapshot for OS X....
You need to go further. Go to the download page. It says the following:

"Official - currently disabled - please use the snapshot as it fixed severe problems"

So, there is no installer... It is just a snapshot. The snapshot does not work for me. More specifically, the snapshot contains a readme that talks about compiling. From what I am reading, all I need is the config file, I guess, which is what I was saying...
Ok, now I see where you are coming from. Use the app that comes with the snapshot disk image. I presume it works but tells you that you need to edit the config file, right? No amount of compiling would take that hurdle away.
If Exult tells you to edit the cfg file, you already HAVE it. Exult created it for you.
Now you either edit it (you find it as described here http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#exult_config_location )
or you follow the instructions from http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#gog_mac

If those instructions did not work, please copy/paste the contents of your terminal window in our Exult forum at http://exult.sourceforge.net/forum/list.php?f=1 where I'll gladly help you further.

And further information, OS X never had an installer, always only an app bundle.
Post edited April 04, 2019 by DominusExult
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DominusExult: Ok, now I see where you are coming from. Use the app that comes with the snapshot disk image. I presume it works but tells you that you need to edit the config file, right? No amount of compiling would take that hurdle away.
If Exult tells you to edit the cfg file, you already HAVE it. Exult created it for you.
Now you either edit it (you find it as described here http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#exult_config_location )
or you follow the instructions from http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#gog_mac

If those instructions did not work, please copy/paste the contents of your terminal window in our Exult forum at http://exult.sourceforge.net/forum/list.php?f=1 where I'll gladly help you further.

And further information, OS X never had an installer, always only an app bundle.
Ok, when I use the app that comes with the snapshot image, I get an error. See attached. From what I am gathering, it seems that it needs a config file to tell it where my game is installed. Problem is, I can't find a config file anywhere, so I don't think one even exists (tried looking in the location from the readme and also tried showing contents of the Exult app and drilling down further). This is why I was requesting one or how to create one from scratch. Oh and, btw, nothing appears in terminal with the attache message. Terminal is basically just the default prompt, unchanged.
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Yeagersmash: Ok, when I use the app that comes with the snapshot image, I get an error. See attached.
The screenshot presumably means you didn't follow the directions and it can't find the game files. (Wrong folder names/path)
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Yeagersmash: Oh and, btw, nothing appears in terminal with the attache message. Terminal is basically just the default prompt, unchanged.
According to the the documentation the error log will show in Console (/Applications/Utilities/Console.app).
Post edited April 05, 2019 by Gydion
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Yeagersmash: Ok, when I use the app that comes with the snapshot image, I get an error. See attached.
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Gydion: The screenshot presumably means you didn't follow the directions and it can't find the game files. (Wrong folder names/path)
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Yeagersmash: Oh and, btw, nothing appears in terminal with the attache message. Terminal is basically just the default prompt, unchanged.
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Gydion: According to the the documentation the error log will show in Console (/Applications/Utilities/Console.app).
The directions are extremely complicated. Yeah, I'm a noob - whatever. But, my hunch is that if I just knew what to put in a config file, this would work. I think it is ridiculous that I cannot just click "install". I really have to compile and do all these steps? Seriously?
For the record, you are well ahead of some other OS X users I've seen around the GOG forums.
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Yeagersmash: But, my hunch is that if I just knew what to put in a config file, this would work. I think it is ridiculous that I cannot just click "install". I really have to compile and do all these steps? Seriously?
Allow me to do you a favor. Stop compiling. You do not need to compile. Don't compile and don't try to compile. I understand if you read far enough you see the word compiling. DO NOT PASS GO. Go back or go around. No compiling. With that said...

You may have better luck finding an OS X Exult user at the Exult forum. Presumably, one with a working exult.cfg file.

Seeing that they are complicated, list what you think are the directions, from start to finish, and the results from running them. We might be able to spot what's tripping you up.

The directions are extremely complicated. Yeah, I'm a noob - whatever. But, my hunch is that if I just knew what to put in a config file, this would work. I think it is ridiculous that I cannot just click "install". I really have to compile and do all these steps? Seriously?
The directions are not really complicated at all. You are just nor understanding them.
You need to do three things (the second one is a bit complicated, though):
1. install Ultima VII from GOG
2. follow the instructions at http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#gog_mac (paste each red colored line in terminal one by one - so you can see directly when an error occurs)
3. start the downloaded exult.app from the Exult download page

Trust me you do NOT need to compile. First it wouldn't help you one bit and second the compile instructions are there so people who want to are able to do that.
I did write these instructions, I did *compile* that exult.app so you don't have to. TRUST me. I know what I'm doing!!!

When I told you to copy/paste the contents of your terminal window, it was in the context of following the instructions at http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#gog_mac]http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#gog_mac]http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#gog_mac
Please, it is important that you correctly read what I'm writing. If you had followed those instructions, you would have something in your terminal window.
Problem is, I can't find a config file anywhere, so I don't think one even exists (tried looking in the location from the readme and also tried showing contents of the Exult app and drilling down further).
Believe me, there IS an exult.cfg file at the correct location. it's just that people don't know the difference between ~/library/preferences and /library/preferences.
Post edited April 09, 2019 by DominusExult

The directions are extremely complicated. Yeah, I'm a noob - whatever. But, my hunch is that if I just knew what to put in a config file, this would work. I think it is ridiculous that I cannot just click "install". I really have to compile and do all these steps? Seriously?
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DominusExult: The directions are not really complicated at all. You are just nor understanding them.
You need to do three things (the second one is a bit complicated, though):
1. install Ultima VII from GOG
2. follow the instructions at http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#gog_mac (paste each red colored line in terminal one by one - so you can see directly when an error occurs)
3. start the downloaded exult.app from the Exult download page

Trust me you do NOT need to compile. First it wouldn't help you one bit and second the compile instructions are there so people who want to are able to do that.
I did write these instructions, I did *compile* that exult.app so you don't have to. TRUST me. I know what I'm doing!!!

When I told you to copy/paste the contents of your terminal window, it was in the context of following the instructions at http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#gog_mac]http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#gog_mac]http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#gog_mac
Please, it is important that you correctly read what I'm writing. If you had followed those instructions, you would have something in your terminal window.

Problem is, I can't find a config file anywhere, so I don't think one even exists (tried looking in the location from the readme and also tried showing contents of the Exult app and drilling down further).
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DominusExult: Believe me, there IS an exult.cfg file at the correct location. it's just that people don't know the difference between ~/library/preferences and /library/preferences.
Well, sorry. Last time I pasted the terminal stuff, it did not work. This time, I pasted it from the link you provided and it worked... Go figure... Perhaps I did something wrong before. In any case, I opened Exult and now it is working. Sorry if it was frustrating helping me. Thanks for taking time to help me. Really do appreciate it. :)
Phew, I'm glad you got it working now, too :)
Stuff like this can be frustrating for everyone involved and it's great when it works after all!