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Using external libraries with source

Q: Mailing List
In order to do certain things in my mod I need to use some third-party libraries which need to do some initialization/termination work. Is there a certain place where I can call these functions as the mod is loaded?
A: Yahn Bernier
Anyway, you are free to add a DllMain to the server or client .dlls. In addition, you might look at dlls/GameInterface.cpp at DllInit(...) and put your init code in there. I believe there is a corresponding shutdown section. The other possibility is to create a new CAutoGameSystem and implement the Init/Shutdown methods (see IGameSystem.h and numerous examples in the game and client .dlls).

Finding Entities On The Client

From steven_m64

This is a nice little function that will search the current clientside entities for the specified class name.

C_BaseEntity *GetEntFromClassname( const char *searchent )
  C_BaseEntityIterator iterator;
  C_BaseEntity *pEnt = iterator.Next();
  while ( pEnt != NULL )
     if ( FStrEq( searchent, pEnt->GetClassname() ) )
        return pEnt;
  return pEnt;

Vector To Screen Space

While trying to "put" a graphic on the screen while only having the entities vectors available I needed a function to convert vector space to screen space. I got a bunch of great answers but this is from Robin Walker.

If you have a clientside entity that you'd like to position a hud element around, use these utility functions in cdll_util.cpp:

      bool GetTargetInScreenSpace( C_BaseEntity *pTargetEntity, int& iX, int& iY, Vector *vecOffset );


      bool GetVectorInScreenSpace( Vector pos, int& iX, int& iY,Vector *vecOffset );

They'll return true if the target/vector is onscreen, and fill out the iX, iY with the screen X/Y position.

KeyValues writing

If you want to create a new key you need to use this gem from ts2do:


If the keyvalues can not find the key name "WhatYouWant," it will create a new key with an integer subkey with the name of stats and a value of 25

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