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Picked upload! Sims2Pack Clean Installer V1.6.22 (Updated Aug 2, 2014)

by Mootilda Posted 3rd Jul 2010 at 3:55 AM - Updated 2nd Aug 2014 at 10:28 PM by Mootilda
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Sims2Pack Clean Installer is a tool for Sims 2 and all people who download a lot of custom content. S2PCI can be used to categorize, catalog or remove that content. It will also help you in installing your files. You will be able to preview some content before installing. It has built in unrar and unzip routines, as well as possibility of installing dozens of files with single click.

For more information, please see the official website at:
http://sims2pack.modthesims2.com/

The newest version recognizes 64-bit and the Ultimate Collection, thanks to abluescarab.

Requirements:
- The Sims2Pack Clean Installer is released under the GNU General Public License.
- The program uses some DLLs from Datgen and SimPE; they are included in the installation.
- You need the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...s.aspx?id=20137

Installation:
To install, just download Sims2PackInstaller.zip and unzip it. Run the installation EXE from the unzipped location.

If you would prefer a no-install version, download Sims2PackInstaller_NoInstall.zip and extract everything. You will have to set the file associations yourself. Here's a brief explanation of how to set up the no-install version:
http://www.modthesims.info/showpost...4&postcount=151

To have the Sims2Pack Clean Installer install your CC into a non-default location, here are some suggestions:
http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=455178

If you always want to have the Sims2Pack Clean Installer install your CC into a non-default location, please see this post:
http://www.modthesims.info/showpost...0&postcount=152

For multi-install, please see this post:
http://www.modthesims.info/showpost...2&postcount=203

I have included the source code for the latest version in Sims2PackInstallerSource.zip. There is no need to download this file unless you are a C# programmer who wishes to look at or modify the code.

Please report any problems with this new version in the Sims2Pack Clean Installer forum. Be sure to mention which version you are using.
http://www.modthesims.info/forumdisplay.php?f=441

Release History:
http://www.modthesims.info/showpost...749&postcount=3

To-Do List:
http://www.modthesims.info/showpost...512&postcount=3

How To Help:
The most important thing is to let me know if you have any problems. I have a limited ability to do testing, so I'm hoping that people will tell me when things go wrong.

Specifically, if you notice that a piece of CC is incorrectly identified, or has other incorrect information, please let me know. If possible, a copy of the CC (or a link to the download) may help me to find the bug.


Additional Credits:
The Sims2Pack Clean Installer was originally written by Karol Rybak (phervers), who has left the community.

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Editors CC Managers
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Sims2PackInstaller.zip | Description: Sims2Pack Clean Installer V1.6.22 623.5 KB 148,127 3rd Jul 2010
Sims2PackInstallerSource.zip | Description: C# source code V1.6.22 - for programmers only 702.9 KB 19,600 3rd Jul 2010
Sims2PackInstaller_NoInstall.zip | Description: No-install version of Sims2Pack Clean Installer V1.6.22 (requires special handling) 513.5 KB 24,001 5th Jan 2011
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Install: Run the installation EXE from the unzipped location.

Need more information?
 
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Original Poster
#26 Old 4th Jul 2010 at 3:52 AM
Default New version available
New version 1.6.3 will (hopefully) re-enable the multi-install option.

To use, right click on a directory and select "Install all". The Clean Installer will show a list of all installable files in the directory, including those inside zip and rar compressed archives.

Please note that the Clean Installer cannot recognize 7zip files at this time. It also cannot recognize nested archives, such as a zip files within a zip file.

You should also be aware that there is no validation of these files, so there is an increased likelihood of installing hacks or other unwanted content which is attached to a Sims2Pack.
Inventor
#27 Old 4th Jul 2010 at 4:31 AM
Sorry, I had meant to delete my question until after uninstalling 1.6.1 and installing 1.6.2, since right after I posted I saw that there had been an update. I get the same issue with the new version.
I'm scanning the downloads folder. Here's a sample error message:



I understand that it's telling me it can't proceed because there's a pathname that's too long, but since it won't tell me what the pathname is that it is objecting to, I can't find it. I've done some detective work to find some of the packages that are causing the error, but I can't find all of them.
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#28 Old 4th Jul 2010 at 4:45 AM Last edited by Mootilda : 4th Jul 2010 at 5:50 AM.
That's very helpful. Let me see what I can do to (at least) get you the path / file name.
Lab Assistant
#29 Old 4th Jul 2010 at 5:31 AM
Thanks for the update! Greatly appreciated!
Inventor
#30 Old 4th Jul 2010 at 5:35 AM Last edited by lucy kemnitzer : 4th Jul 2010 at 5:51 AM. Reason: typo
thank you! I'm continuing to do detective work, and I've found more of the offending files on my own, too.
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#31 Old 4th Jul 2010 at 5:50 AM
I'll have a potential fix for you tomorrow.
Test Subject
#32 Old 4th Jul 2010 at 1:00 PM
How do you uninstall a previous version?Its not in Add/Remove programs.
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#33 Old 4th Jul 2010 at 2:03 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 7th Jul 2010 at 12:58 AM.
Default How to Uninstall
Quote:
Originally Posted by pokegirl15150
How do you uninstall a previous version? Its not in Add/Remove programs.
Here's how to uninstall:

1) Look in Add/Remove programs under "Sims2Pack Clean Installer".

2) Under the Sims2Pack Clean Installer menu, you'll find an option to Uninstall.

3) Run the new version. It should ask if you want to remove the previous version. Say yes. Then install the new version, if you want it. Note that this won't work if you are installing an older version that the one that's already on your machine.
Inventor
#34 Old 4th Jul 2010 at 3:21 PM Last edited by lucy kemnitzer : 4th Jul 2010 at 3:46 PM. Reason: add a comment
I found it in Add/Remove Programs. It's not where you expect it in the alphabet, since it goes by its full name, Sims2Pack Clean Installer and not just Clean Installer.

Edit: I seem to have found all the long path names, Mootilda. The last scan finished normally. And now I have found all the duplicates too!

It seems much faster than the old version -- is that true, or just an impression?
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#35 Old 4th Jul 2010 at 3:26 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 4th Jul 2010 at 5:11 PM.
Default New Version Available
Version 1.6.4 should give better information when the path is too long. Please let me know if you have further problems with this error.

Quote:
Originally Posted by lucy kemnitzer
I found it in Add/Remove Programs. It's not where you expect it in the alphabet, since it goes by its full name, Sims2Pack Clean Installer and not just Clean Installer.
Thanks for the information.

Quote:
Originally Posted by lucy kemnitzer
I seem to have found all the long path names, Mootilda. The last scan finished normally. And now I have found all the duplicates too!
That's too bad; I was hoping that you would be able to test my fixes.

Quote:
Originally Posted by lucy kemnitzer
It seems much faster than the old version -- is that true, or just an impression?
I have no way to judge; I haven't got access to the old source code, so I have no way to tell what Karol changed before I took over.
Inventor
#36 Old 4th Jul 2010 at 5:37 PM Last edited by lucy kemnitzer : 4th Jul 2010 at 6:13 PM. Reason: new information
I can test your fixes: I'll create a long pathname and see what happens! It will take me the rest of the day, though, as I have other plans also.

Edit: I decided I couldn't stand to wait, so I ran a test. I buried some files as deep as Windows would allow. CI didn't bat an eye: it read them just like the others, without even complaining. That was fast and complete, thanks!

However, this time I found this:

I'm pretty sure those files listed at the top of the screen actually have names, and as you can see Clean Installer appears to be reading them properly -- enough to be able to give a texture preview image of the highlighted one.
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#37 Old 4th Jul 2010 at 6:43 PM
Thank you. I appreciate you checking this for me, since I didn't seem to have the ability to create a file that would get the error.
Inventor
#38 Old 4th Jul 2010 at 7:06 PM
Funny, I seem to have no problem at all getting long pathnames!

Certain creators have a habit of writing whole paragraphs when they name their files, and then stuffing them into several layers of folders when they zip them. Too bad a couple of those are among my favorite creators . . .
Lab Assistant
#39 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 12:38 PM
Thank you Mootilda for the program update and thanks to Lucy for the troubleshooting for you!

And Lucy, I know what you mean about folders inside folders, inside folders. When I'm organizing and run across a set like that, I ALWAYS take them out of all the sub folders and leave only one.
Test Subject
#40 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 12:54 PM
I use WinZIP for most of my downloaded content, will I have to uninstall WinZIP after I've downloaded this?
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#41 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 4:05 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by gothsrule2609
I use WinZIP for most of my downloaded content, will I have to uninstall WinZIP after I've downloaded this?
No, there's no need to uninstall WinZIP. The Clean Installer will not replace your zip or rar handlers.
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#42 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 7:12 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by lucy kemnitzer
I'm pretty sure those files listed at the top of the screen actually have names, and as you can see Clean Installer appears to be reading them properly -- enough to be able to give a texture preview image of the highlighted one.
Would it be possible for you to give me one or more of the CC which end up without a name, so that I can try to find the problem? Thanks!

A link to the download thread is adequate.
Inventor
#43 Old 6th Jul 2010 at 4:55 AM
I moved all the nameless files to one folder so I could look at them. They're interesting. Here they are:


All the bibi ones are part of a food thing that Sims are supposed to be able to serve (which I don't recall ever being on my Sims' menu, come to think of it). Except for Aktenschrank, the others are the diagonal versions of windows or curtains. Aktenschrank has something to do with an end table.

Looking at them in SimPe, the only one whose origin and location I am sure of is CTN's dazzle drapes and I know she won't mind me uploading the files, so here's one of them.
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: zip CTN_DazzleDraperyShortMM-diag.zip (11.0 KB, 12 downloads)
Description: CTN dazzledraperyshortMM-diag.zip
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#44 Old 6th Jul 2010 at 5:01 AM
OK, I've got it; you can remove it now, if you'd like.
Lab Assistant
#45 Old 6th Jul 2010 at 5:07 AM
Hi Moo,

Took the time to uninstall. download and install .net 4 for x64 bit systems, turned off the mcafee live scan, and installed again and it now runs like a dream. Thanks again for all the hard work.
Test Subject
#46 Old 6th Jul 2010 at 5:08 AM
Now that I've found my way back to Sims 2 again after several computer issues, I'm so happy to see this. I'm currently running Windows 7 Ultimate, with no issues.

I have a folder labled "Meshes, etc.", that I used the Clean Installer to put everything in that had a blank "type".... LOVE the fact that I can now split those things up again!
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#47 Old 6th Jul 2010 at 6:56 AM
Default New version 1.6.5 available
Fixed problem with empty names and several other problems. See the release history for a full list.

Quote:
Originally Posted by lucy kemnitzer
I'm pretty sure those files listed at the top of the screen actually have names, and as you can see Clean Installer appears to be reading them properly -- enough to be able to give a texture preview image of the highlighted one.
Lucy, please let me know if this does not solve all of your problem CC.
Inventor
#48 Old 6th Jul 2010 at 3:24 PM
Mootilda, it will take me a couple of days: I'm back at work and tonight I'm helping my daughter move. If someone else can try it before then, it will be good.
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#49 Old 6th Jul 2010 at 3:39 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 7th Jul 2010 at 1:04 AM.
Default New version 1.6.6 available
New version available. Mostly improvements to the new recognition algorithm. See the release history for a full list.

Quote:
Originally Posted by lucy kemnitzer
Mootilda, it will take me a couple of days: I'm back at work and tonight I'm helping my daughter move. If someone else can try it before then, it will be good.
No problem. I appreciate the fact that you've been reporting bugs. Just let me know if you have any further problems.

Quote:
Originally Posted by lucy kemnitzer
It seems much faster than the old version -- is that true, or just an impression?
I believe that I have an answer to this now. As far as I can tell, the new version is parsing less records within each CC, so it should be significantly faster. I've had to add in some additional processing as I add new things to be recognized, but hopefully it will remain faster than the older versions.

I suspect that the speed issue is why Karol decided to completely rewrite the recognition logic.
Test Subject
#50 Old 7th Jul 2010 at 11:32 AM
Sorry, but I'm a bit disappointed in the new version: When I hold the cursor on one of the files, the original .package file name doesn't appear anymore like in the previous version. That's very important for me, because I don't want to have duplicates or files with endless numbers in my dl folder.
Is there another way to read the file name before installing?
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