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P3D v4 Not reading addons only scenery CFG

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Arno,

Hope it is okay to ask a follow-up question on this: P3Dv4 comes with two add-ons.cfg files. One is located in %APPDATA%\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4 and one in %PROGRAMDATA%\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4.

As far as I understand the SDK, the preferred way to add a scenery is to add them to %PROGRAMDATA, which will not trigger any notification. The auto discovery path (i.e., any add-on.xml placed in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Prepar3d v4 Files\add-ons) uses the add-ons.cfg in %APPDATA%\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4 and triggers a notification at sim start-up.

Today I noticed that ACM on my PC is only reading the add-ons.cfg in %PROGRAMDATA. The cfg in %APPDATA (and hence all add-on.xml placed in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Prepar3d v4 Files\) are not recognized and skipped.

Is this expected behavior or should ACM also read the cfg in %APPDATA?

Somehow I have a feeling that I might have some wrong/missing line in one of the add-ons.cfg-files as ACM worked in the past also with add-on.xml found in my Documents folder. But I can not find anything about this in the ACM manual.

Thanks,
Christoph
 

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Hi,

I was not aware there were two versions of the file, so ACM only reads one indeed at the moment.
 
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Thanks for your reply, Arno. Now it makes sense to me. For the time being I can easily replace the %PROGRAMDATA cfg with the %APPDATA one for one sim start only. After ACM is finished, I replace the cfg with the original cfg and everything is merged.

Christoph
 

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Do you know if there is some documentation somewhere how those two files are used by P3D? Then I can modify ACM to use both.
 
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Only documentation that I am aware of is https://www.prepar3d.com/SDKv4/sdk/add-ons/add-on_configuration_files.html and https://www.prepar3d.com/SDKv4/sdk/add-ons/add-on_packages.html

Prepar3D's default add-on discovery folder is %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Prepar3d v4 Files\add-ons, with the entry added to %APPDATA%\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4. This part lacks documentation but is replicable by placing an add-on.xml in the Documents folder.

Hope this helps a bit and a big thanks for considering this addition to ACM.
 
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Hello!
I have a similar problem (Error while trying to read add-ons.cfg ), I want to note that there are no add-on entries in the: add-ons.cfg file, I have these entries in another file: scenery_add-ons.xml file( i use Lorbys Addon Organizer)...
Any ideas how to fix the situation?
 

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Every time different names. Would P3D just try to read any xml file? To be able to update ACM I would have to know how P3D actually works.
 
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Every time different names
Sorry, I made a path mistake:(
my correct path to my add-ons.cfg(it contains all add-ons entries) : C:\Users\myname\AppData\Roaming\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4 , how to make the ACM read it??
I also attached screen the answer about the paths from the developer Lorbys Addon Organizer:
lorby.jpg
 
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Let me check which one ACM uses, it's probably only one of the two at the moment.
 
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Let me check which one ACM uses
Thank you, I will wait:stirthepo
p.s
In my case, as I said above, the ACM is trying to read another path:
0:00:03 | Trying to read add-on.xml files from C:\ProgramData\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4\add-ons.cfg(I have no addon entries here)....
 

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Hi,

Sorry, this one was on my todo list for a bit too long. I have just made a new build of ACM that supports P3D v5 and I have directly made sure that both add-ons.cfg files are read. On my installation there was only one such file, so hopefully I use the correct folder. You can find the new build in this post:

 

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Can you confirm that it reads all addons now (from both cfg) files? Or do you only mean the build works in P3D v5?
 
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Can you confirm that it reads all addons now (from both cfg) files?
sorry, but I can't say it for sure...
I have no addons in another path.
I can definitely say that in my case ACM reads all the add-ons along the path:
C:\Users\myname\AppData\Roaming\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v5
and if there is an autogen, ACM adds it to an autogen.xml :stirthepo
 
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