I need help opening/locating hammer.exe

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by andrewJH, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. andrewJH

    andrewJH L1: Registered

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    So i watched a video by UEAK Crash on how to create maps in tf2 (it is a 2 year old video so that could be the problem) he said to get to hammer.exe you have to go to steam>steamapps>common>tf2>bin>hammer.exe but the problem is, when i get to tf2 there is no bin file.
    what do i do?
     
  2. [Rx.] Christian Troy

    [Rx.] Christian Troy L4: Comfortable Member

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    Did you look inside the bin folder? It's a folder that it's inside of not a file.

    Also did you download the content you need to have hammer installed?
     
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  3. andrewJH

    andrewJH L1: Registered

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    Alright i was just being really stupid because i didnt download anything...
    thanks for the help.
     
  4. iiboharz

    aa iiboharz Meme Queen

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    If you have TF2 installed, Hammer should just be there. Verify your game cache if it's not.
     
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  5. andrewJH

    andrewJH L1: Registered

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    i have another problem...
    what am i supposed to download.
     
  6. Crowbar

    aa Crowbar perfektoberfest

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    I think you have to have successfully launched TF2 at least once, too, for what it's worth.
     
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  7. andrewJH

    andrewJH L1: Registered

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    alright this may sound pretty bad but...
    how do you verify the game cache?
     
  8. andrewJH

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    tried it, it didnt work.
     
  9. andrewJH

    andrewJH L1: Registered

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    i meant folder.
     
  10. Crash

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  11. Pocket

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    ftfy
     
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  12. Crash

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    Helpful contribution to the thread
     
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  13. VEssex

    VEssex L2: Junior Member

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    Right click on the game in your library on Steam, click properties, and it’s a button on one of the tabs in the window that is brung up.
     
  14. Powerlord

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    I still don't get why Valve never moved the TF2 Tools out to a separate TF2 Authoring Tools Steam package when they switched the distribution system over to VPKs.

    I asked them about it in the past and they said they were looking into it. Granted, I think that was 4 years ago now, sooo...
     
  15. Pocket

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    Yeah, and then they could go back to distributing the source files for their maps alongside it, knowing that they're not taking up unnecessary space in the game's download.
     
  16. Powerlord

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    I believe that came up at the same time.

    Granted, I think it was Alfred from Valve that I think replied and he is (was?) more involved in old HL1 based games like CS 1.6.
     
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    The switch was made because every game that were moved to steampipe (also known as Steam3, a content distribution system) required their own depot. Previously, games were just mounted with files on a different launcher.
     
  18. Powerlord

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    The only reason the switch from GCF to VPK appears to have been absolutely necessary for pre-L4D titles is because Valve seemed to have banned binary patching in updates on the SteamPipe delivery system. I mean, I guess it makes sense since they switched from a proprietary download system to using HTTP.

    If you've ever looked at how VPK works, you'll notice that to add new things to a VPK in TF2, vpk.exe just adds 1 or more new VPK files (such as tf2_textures_068.vpk) with the new contents, then updates the _dir.vpk file (such as tf2_textures_dir.vpk).

    Anyway, getting back to the point, I requested this back before they finished moving TF2 over to SteamPipe. TF2 was (as usual) Valve's test game for switching over to the new system and they had a SteamPipe beta for it for like 3 months before the actual switchover.
     
  19. andrewJH

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    i found my problem but thank you
     
  20. Crash

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    What was the issue? It'll help future googlers.