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Locator files? What do they do?

Locator files allow your copy of the game to redirect requests for your skin to a remote location. The benefit being less bandwidth is needed over peer 2 peer and your game runs smoother. This also benefits the game servers in the same manner.

Ok, great to know but where can I remote host files?

Check with your internet service provider (ISP) if you have any free FTP space with your broadband account. If you do, that is ideal for this.

If not then find a hosting location that allows direct file links to be publicly accessed, for example dropbox. It doesn't matter if the link is http or https as long as it is direct to the file itself (not like this - http://yadi.sk/d/5y7vQj0xashjasew).

1. Creating a locator

*Upload the car skin and make a note of the address for it.

Open notepad. type in or paste (if you copied it) the address for the car skin on the first line. e.g. http://myweb.yourisp.com/yourname/2014v2.zip

Then click on File followed by save as. the filename should match your car skin but have .loc on the end of it. for example, 2014v2.zip.loc

This is important. Change 'Save as type' to ALL FILES *.* and only then Save it in the same directory as the car skin.

2. Upload the locator as well

Equally important - You now need to upload the locator to the same place as the car skin on the remote hosting site. Otherwise it will not work.

*For ISP provided free ftp space I recommend FileZilla. Check with your internet service provider the correct settings to login with.

All other servers, please use the website or downloadable applications associated with them.

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Hey Anti,

Hey Anti,

how can a .loc file check whether it works or not. Puzzled Thinking

Can you give me a hint? Smile

Thank you in advance. Applause

Herby Cool

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copy and paste the link you

copy and paste the link you put in the locator into your browser. if the browser starts to download the file (save as dialogue) it works. if you get taken to a download page and need to click a link to start the download then it won't work Wink

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Dropbox.com

If you use dropbox.com then you must replace the "www" with "dl."

for example:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/.................

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/...................

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re drop box

The drop box share link will give you similar to this:-

https://www.dropbox.com/s/randompattern/Carname.zip

Edit and replace the www at the start with dl
and

    also

append ?dl=1 to the end.

to give:-

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/randompatter/carname.zip?dl=1

(the ?dl=1 is the autodownload flag)

save the notepad/text file as carname.zip.loc

you may need to remove the .txt off the name of file
if you are not displaying known extensions

NRT Mister Herby
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Thy Anti

I must still do better. Laughing out loud

Is my 1 .loc file. Tongue

I work with OneDrive Angel

tx for the examples of Jenny and mic Applause

Herby Cool

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OneDRIVE formerly Skydrive

upload the carname.zip file to onedrive

right click the file once its in Onedrive
click SHARE
click GET LINK and chose PUBLIC , Create LINK
The link created will look something like

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=93ABE0916F7AF163%21258

replace where it says redir? with download?

https://onedrive.live.com/download?resid=93ABE0916F7AF163%21258

that's now what you paste into the .loc file.

Wink

dumb explanation on loc files...
edit: Why do i need to create the LOC file ?

Imagine you have just created the best skin ever.
In order to let other players see it, you'll need to send it to each player individually.

If your skin file is let's say 4 MB, and you connect to a server with 49 players,

then you will need to upload 49 x 4mb = 196 MB ! (how fast is your isp/upload ?)

With a loc file present the total size you will need to upload is less than 49 kb
ie just the size of loc file to each player,

Each player will then download the 4mb best skin ever simultaneously
from the web host from the url address (much quicker)

If your still getting grey skins....

You will need to make sure that your firewall and port forwards have the following
ports and protocols forwarded and unblocked
to your computer in order for the skin to work:-

2350 UDP & TCP
3450 UDP & TCP

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thx Jenny

thx Jenny Big smile

Herby Cool

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A nice informative discussion is developing

That is what I tried to explain in the first post of this thread apart from the firewall stuff. Thanks for your valuable input Jenny. Cool

A nice informative discussion is developing which is what the intention was.

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using Google Drive to store your carname.zip.....then read this

GOOGLE DRIVE

Upload your carname.zip to GoogleDRIVE

once uploaded
right click it , select Share , then Share again ,
then change who as access to ''Any one who has the link can view''

Copy the LINK generated in the top box

it will look something like
https://drive.google.com/file/d/bunchofrandomnonsense/edit?usp=sharing

This is only a view link Shock ;
it takes you to a webpage where you can download the file.

Party But we can now use this to create a proper auto download link by copying the bunchofrandomnonsense part only
and appending this to

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=

to give a proper download link for our locator file Love

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=bunchofrandomnonsense

this is now whats needed in your *.loc file

( could this be the end of Dropbox )

NRT Mister Herby
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Hey m8ts :))

I think the .loc file works Laughing out loud

thx for the help

Herby Cool

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Dropbox patched link method, check your links still work

Dropbox have had to patch a security risk for HTTP shared files. So they have disabled some links while doing this.

Please check to see if your car skin links or any other shared files still work:

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/security/388534/dropbox-patches-link-flaw-af...

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thanks

most of mine appear fine , thanks for the heads up

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is there another way to check

is there another way to check work the locator steps 1 to ride on the track 2 save the replay of the race, 3 remove the skin from profile 4 select replay and press the play , if before you start, will appear error, then the locator does not work if the skin is will be loaded you see skin

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3 to move the skin to another

3 to move the skin to another location

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