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It's simple enough to look at the mbases file to see which factions offer missions on a base but how would one investigate the files to see where missions are offered against a faction?

For example, if I wish to do missions against Outcasts, where would I go? One would think any bounty hunter base in a system where there's an outcasts presence but I'd like to do missions against the top-dog Outcasts like those flying in Alpha and Beta.

Any thoughts?

Posted on: 2014/11/18 23:26
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It's a bit all over the place. mbases.ini controls who offers jobs and their difficulty; initialworld.ini (ref here and here) controls who's hostile to a faction (i.e. the faction in mbases will offer jobs against the hostile factions in their initialworld [Group]); the system file controls factions in a system (and iirc job difficulty overrides system difficulty, so it's enough for the faction to be present). So to find a mission against an enemy faction would mean looking at initialworld to find who's hostile against them (and not hostile to you); then searching mbases to find jobs offered by those factions; then finding a system that also contains the enemy faction. Or just use the attached (command line) program. It outputs more than it should (e.g. Outcast jobs on Pittsburgh don't seem to happen, so I guess I need to take proximity into account), but should still give you a good idea. (Anyone wanting to compile the source will also need LibFL.)

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zip enemy.zip Size: 11.13 KB; Hits: 135

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A little more help please...
I tried opening the program and see
'Find possible jobs against a faction.'
'enemy NICKNAME...'
'Press any key to exit <try running from Command Prompt>.'

If I try entering outcasts or fc_ou_grp the window closes.
If I try running it from a command prompt and enter the nickname (either outcasts or fc_ou_grp) I get the '... is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable progra or batch file.' message.

I don't see any running or installation instructions in the *.cpp file. What am I doing incorrectly?

Thanks,
R

Posted on: 2014/11/19 14:22
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- create a enemy.txt file

- write in :
enemy.exe nickname

(nickname find initialworld.ini [Group] )

- rename enemy.txt -> enemy.cmd

- copy enemy.cmd and enemy.exe in Freelancer folder

- run enemy.cmd


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That's progress, I can see the file working and then it closes right away. I don't see a log file to view.

Posted on: 2014/11/20 0:08
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Edit enemy.cmd and change it to enemy NICKNAME >enemy.txt and now you'll find results in enemy.txt.

I should have mentioned that it does expect a faction nickname (more than one allowed) and what it actually outputs:

MIN<tab>MAX<tab>SYSTEM<tab>BASE<tab>NAME

where <tab> is the tab character; MIN and MAX are the minimum & maximum difficulty (indicative only); SYSTEM is the name of the system; BASE is the name of the base; and NAME is either the faction on the job board or the name of an NPC. It's output in the same order as mbases.

There's no instructions because I didn't think any were needed - is the command line really that esoteric nowadays? Here's how I thought you could have used it. Extract it to your desktop, run Command Prompt (or bring up the Run dialog and run cmd), and then:

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C:\Users\USERNAME>cd Desktop

C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop>enemy fc_ou_grp |sort /r |more
Possible jobs against: Outcasts
25      29      Tau-37  Freeport 10     Bounty Hunters
25      29      Tau-37  Freeport 10     Bounty Hunter/Tracker Sarah Reed
25      29      Tau-37  Freeport 10     Bounty Hunter/Hunter Jared Darcy
25      29      Tau-37  Falkland Base   Independent Miners Guild/Sales Rep. Clarence Mullens
25      29      Tau-37  Falkland Base   Independent Miners Guild/Rep. Geoffry Bloom
25      29      Tau-37  Falkland Base   Independent Miners Guild/Nicolas Meyers
25      29      Tau-37  Falkland Base   IMG
21      25      Sigma-17        Atka Research Station   Bounty Hunters
21      25      Sigma-17        Atka Research Station   Bounty Hunter/Hunter Patrick Currie
...

It might be possible to add this as a tab in FLStat, but I don't really want to take the time atm.

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Thanks Jason,
As always, much thanks and appreciation for the help.
As far as the command line, yeah, I started in computers in earnest with Windows95 and never had any real experience in using the command prompts. If you're not a programmer I don't imagine you run into it much anymore.


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This version should be more to your liking. It fixes what is regarded as hostile (rep only needs to be -0.2 for jobs, not -0.65) and refines the detection (might miss some, but I don't think it will add any). NPCs that have the same faction and difficulty as the job board have been removed. Since the maximum depends on random numbers, I've added an average (Avg) difficulty value, but it's really just a guess. Maximum sorts in descending order, everything else in ascending; sorting again restores the original order.

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Errmmmm...
Maybe I'm stupid (a very real possibility) but I don't see a tool there described as fulfilling this objective. What am I missing?

R

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I see it okay:

Enemy Find jobs offered against a faction. (Added 23 November, 2014.)

Direct download.

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Thanks for the direct download link. Here's what I see when I view your page.

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Posted on: 2014/11/25 3:35
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I don't know what to tell you.

Adoxa Screenshot

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Weird, if I type in the link address in Firefox it doesn't show but if I switch to IE it shows fine... Maybe if I clear my temp files...

edit: yeah, that did it. Once I cleared my cache it showed up fine. Thanks again.

Posted on: 2014/11/25 18:24
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I recently switched to Firefox myself. It is very secure and will actually stop certain things, such as java-script and Adobe Flash, because they are not secure.
I use a couple of add-ons which help to see certain things, such as Adoxas' screenshots. For that I use No Script 2.6.9.5, which will give permission for websites to run scripts in Firefox. I is very versatile and you can give temporary or permanent permissions, as well as forbidding permissions.
Firefox does take some adjustment to get used to it, but I like it more and more all the time. I just can't use Hulu because it is a Flash Player media.
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Btw it takes info from the installed FL Folder (from registry? But... Nothing about registry at .cpp file - may be i do not see something?) or from current folder?

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