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???

The mirrors are always at these locations:

 

http://darkmod.taaaki.za.net/fms/<mission_id>.pk4

http://fidcal.com/darkuser/missions/<mission_id>.pk4

http://www.southquarter.com/tdm/fms/<mission_id>.pk4
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http://www.indiedb.com/mods/the-dark-mod

 

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On 11/2/2019 at 6:34 PM, Alberto Salvia Novella said:

If the main server is reliable, and easy to reinstall, that isn't needed.

That the server is not reliable has become obvious two weeks ago...

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On 11/5/2019 at 5:24 PM, stgatilov said:

The game has an option to store FMs on mirrors. I'm pretty sure all of them are located on mirrors. However, the game itself has no way to learn about new missions and their locations, except for ask someone else. That's why when you click "Download Missions", TDM downloads an XML file from one of the URLs stored in cvar tdm_mission_list_urls, which serves as a catalogue of all FMs available. By default this cvar points to the location on thedarkmod.com, which is not available now. So while all FMs are located on mirrors, right now TDM does not know how to get them.

 

I have all FMs from January 2019 locally. I have reconstructed the XML file from them, and uploaded everything to my Azure storage. If you point TDM to it, then in-game downloader will work. There are two ways to do so:

  1. Execute:  tdm_mission_list_urls http://tdmcdn.azureedge.net/fms/missionList.xml   in game console. Then click Download Missions, and it will use my catalogue of FMs. The downside is that TDM won't remember this, so you will have to run this console command every time you restart TDM.
  2. Add   +set tdm_mission_list_urls "http://tdmcdn.azureedge.net/fms/missionList.xml"   to command line parameters of TDM. You can do it by taking or creating TDM shortcut on desktop, then going to its properties, and adding the underlined string after TheDarkModx64.exe. The downside is that you should not forget to remove this parameter when the TDM server is back online.

Note that this is only a temporary emergency solution, and it suffers from some issues:

  1. Mission details and screenshots won't work. They are stored only on TDM server, so I have no way to reconstruct them.
  2. Release date is missing. Titles may be wrong/weird.
  3. Localizations are missing. Perhaps I can upload them too, but I tried to keep it simple.
  4. Sometimes you are allowed to download an FM you already have. This is caused by some TDM deficiency IMHO: the codenames are obviously matching.
  5. Some FMs may be outdated, recent missions are not available (the snapshot is one year old).
  6. Download speeds are not very good. Clouds are slow. So be patient 😉

 

P.S. If you use this way, then you will download FMs from my storage, and not from the original mirrors. I would be glad to point you to the mirrors, but I can't: their locations are stored in the XML file which went offline 😥

Please follow the instructions posted by stgatilov for now. We will notify you when everything is back in order again.

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On 11/5/2019 at 10:12 PM, nbohr1more said:

???

The mirrors are always at these locations:


http://darkmod.taaaki.za.net/fms/<mission_id>.pk4

http://fidcal.com/darkuser/missions/<mission_id>.pk4

http://www.southquarter.com/tdm/fms/<mission_id>.pk4

I've noticed the official FMs list on the main website currently doesn't seem to include any download links or screenshots. Concerning the specific download links for each mission, I might have a solution.

Maybe I'm mistaken and it won't work, but when I did the documentation for all fan missions earlier this year, I made copies of their download links. You can search for said links here, under each mission: http://wiki.thedarkmod.com/index.php?title=Category:Official_FMs

Maybe this solution won't work due to the server issues, but if those links are still working after all, at least people won't have to search for them too hard.

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So, Taaaki got the new server running now. You can now download missions as usual again. Have fun, taffers!! 🙂

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