Plugin Loading Order

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The game loads plugins in a particular way

Install Location

This is where all the main program files are held, including the EXE and the simcity_*.dat files

The default location is
C:\Program Files\Maxis\SimCity 4\
and can be symbolised as
%InstallDir%\

Documents Location

This is where the users information is held. it is usually found in
My Documents\SimCity 4\
but can be moved using the -userdir shortcut parameter and will be symbolised throughout as
%LocalDir%

Order

In any single directory it will load loose files first, then subdirectories, and then .dat files. The order algorithm is just an alphabetic sort, with non-alphanumericals at the end.

First it loads the files in %InstallDir%\

Then it loads %InstallDir%\Plugins\

Then %LocalDir%\Plugins\

(but what about maps and the other folders)


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