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Author Topic: Merging files..? Dos and Donts?  (Read 476 times)

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Merging files..? Dos and Donts?
« on: May 31, 2017, 09:28:43 pm »
I thought it would be a great idea to post it here instead of the fb group because i'm sure i'll get more answers... What are the do's and don't of merging files..? What should i merge and not merge? I just dont want to mess up my game. Thanks!  ;) :D

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Re: Merging files..? Dos and Donts?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2017, 09:35:58 pm »
I'll just give you a do, make sure you make a folder for whatever it is that you merged that way it's easier for you to find broken cc.

You can merge by creator or cc type up to you. That's really the only feedback I have


Oh and when you merge remove special characters from the name. That might make your game run faster
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Re: Merging files..? Dos and Donts?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2017, 09:39:56 pm »
Don't I repeat DON'T merge your mods or anything like skins!
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Re: Merging files..? Dos and Donts?
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2017, 11:11:26 am »
I talked a little bit about this in another thread but I'd be happy to expand on it and I hope this helps! This is just what I do, you don't have to do it this way but I've found that this is a lot easier for me personally.

In your documents, outside your EA folder, keep a backup of all your individual files, arranged however you want to arrange them. I merge things together by a certain group, like all the female hairs together, all the male hairs, home decor, I put beards/body hair, skins, eye colors etc under the big umbrella of genetics and arrange the individual files accordingly in the individual backup folder I have. Keeping a backup copy is SUPER important, because once you merge things, you can't unmerge them, but what you can do is take out either things that don't work or you don't want anymore and then re-merge the file to put back in your mods.

If you find broken cc that the creator may fix later, put those packages in another folder  (I call it SIMS 4 CC NOT IN GAME) and hang onto those packages in a special subfolder so you can remember the names and look for updates to broken CC. if the creator is gone and no one is interested in fixing the broken mods or cc, delete em and get them out of there. This is also where I put stuff I don't want in my game right now but may want at a later date in another subfolder, like nursery furniture, wedding dresses, and things for special occasions like holiday items where I can just quickly pull those up and merge them again when I want to put them back in my game

The last tip I have is that you can merge CAS items no problem, furniture, and decorations, but NEVER EVER EVER EVER MERGE YOUR SCRIPT MODS. I have a special folder in my mods just for script mods and the packages that go with them, that you can get on MTS or things like pose player. It's just so much easier not to include those in your merged files so when something inevitably breaks you can just update them and replace them right out of the mods folder without having to re-merge a bunch of stuff or losing a bunch of CC (which the backup folder should solve anyway but accidents do happen)

Like I said, this is just a system that works for me, but I thought I would share anyway!
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Re: Merging files..? Dos and Donts?
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2017, 12:19:18 pm »
I read the title as Dos and Donuts. I must be hungry, lol
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Re: Merging files..? Dos and Donts?
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2017, 08:02:14 pm »
Is my gaming lagging because I haven't merged my cc?  :-\

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Re: Merging files..? Dos and Donts?
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2017, 09:09:17 pm »
Is my gaming lagging because I haven't merged my cc?  :-\

Some people don't merge and don't have serious lag trouble (depending on their machine), but merging does help cut loading times by a lot! It could also be a problem with special characters like brackets and parentheses in the files, and to solve that, Bulk Rename Utility is the way to go. If you don't feel comfortable merging everything together but still want to cut lag, use BRU to take out all the spaces and other stuff that take the game forever to read the actual file. That will help too!
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