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modpack.listEdit

The modpack.list is a list maintained by the freeciv team about high profile .modpack files. The URL for that list is hardcoded to freeciv-modpack, and for freeciv 2.3 it was http://download.gna.org/freeciv/modinst/2.3/modpack.list. To install a modpack from that list users do not need to know any URLs at all. Since 2.4 it is possible to override the URL with a commandline parameter "-L <URL>". This is mainly meant for testing freeciv-modpack during development.

This page contains a link to GNA, which is dead? Is this still where the modpack installer for 2.3 is pointing, making it much less useful, or does the newest version of 2.3 modpack installer point elsewhere?
--GriffonSpade (talk) 01:56, February 18, 2018 (UTC)
Unfortunately, the last version of 2.3 that we released (in 2014) is still hardcoded to point at gna.org, which is as you say dead. The content is still available at modpack.freeciv.org but 2.3 code needs modification / recompile to use it; see comments at http://modpack.freeciv.org/2.3/modpack.list . -- JTN (talk) 15:11, February 18, 2018 (UTC)
Just for fun I managed to install and start 2.3.5 on Windows 2000 with a hack known as old cigarettes wrapper, and I'd know how to get 2.3.x modpacks manually. In other words, we could document somewhere that this is not more expected to work, won't be fixed, and be done with it.
Unrelated, IIRC Cazfi mentioned that 2.4.x was the last release expected to support all old formats of scenarios etc. back to version 1, so iff something in 2.4.x is seriously wrong and still can be fixed, it could be handled as some kind of "gold" legacy long term support release. –Dunnoob 💩 04:09, February 19, 2018 (UTC)
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