Map loss

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by N0VA, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. N0VA

    N0VA L1: Registered

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    So recently i have been working on my map koth_progresso, (though its more an experiment map)

    So today i went to load up hammer because i wanted to play around with player clipping
    upon opening the .vmf however, my entire map was gone. as if i pressed "new" instead of "open"
    I double checked to make sure i loaded the right .vmf and even restarted hammer twice,

    Any idea what could have caused this? or is there still a way back?

    As a beginning mapper this is EXTREMELY de-motivating.

    Thanks in advance
    ~Nova

    EDIT: i have managed to find myself an autosave folder, though the map is kinda "damaged" it has most of the things i had saved last time
     
  2. killohurtz

    aa killohurtz Distinction in Applied Carving

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    This has happened to me a handful of times, and it seems to be a result of something going wrong while saving the map - I had one such incident happen because my PC bluescreened right as I hit Ctrl+S. As far as I'm aware, this bug is irreparable. The best ways you can be prepared for it are to do frequent internal versioning (re-save with a different filename whenever you do something significant), keep your autosave interval short, and do vbsp-only compiles occasionally (you can decompile these, though the resulting vmf won't be exact). It sucks, but there isn't much else we can do when the software is this old.
     
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  3. N0VA

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    Thanks for your help, indeed i have autosave enabled as i knew it would come in handy,
    2 things about the map has changed,
    1: the respawn entity changed to a green gordon freeman (i have ABS resource pack installed
    2: some game entitys (tf_gamerules etc) have turned into gray blocks, while they previously had textures.
     
  4. killohurtz

    aa killohurtz Distinction in Applied Carving

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    The engineer model and the tf_gamerules icon (among many other entity icons) were part of ABS's FGD, so it probably just needs to be reinstalled.
     
  5. N0VA

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    (this probably my last reply to this, i hate spamming a solved issue)
    Will it hurt my map in any way?
    texture loss, setting up outputs agian, etc?
     
  6. killohurtz

    aa killohurtz Distinction in Applied Carving

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    No, the vmf should be just like you left it. It's as if the map was a book that Hammer "forgot" some of the words to, and the FGD is the "dictionary" that will let it understand them again.
     
  7. Idolon

    aa Idolon the worst admin

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    I have my advance compile options set to save a backup of the map on every compile, which has saved my bacon on a number of occasions (my computer crashes a lot).
     
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