Yes if you're using the stand alone Zip version of the game, you could in fact just copy the entire install into another folder, and have completely separate installs. You should be able to run them side by side as well. The main issue with that is that you'd likely need to still sync some data, like your saves and your mods. I don't know if you would really benefit from doing so though. If you use the Zip version it doesn't rely on the AppData location, so you won't have two installs pointing back at the exact same location.BlueTemplar wrote: ↑Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:31 amHmm, wouldn't just copying the whole Factorio folder be even easier ? (Might even put notes about its specific settings in the root...)
I know that this seems overkill, but SSD's are pretty fast, and with considerable space these days, and Factorio is not *that* big...
(thinking about replicating the way that "AppData" works in Windows, having a single folder of Factorio per game version, but multiple folders with user-configurable files, but *without even the need* to use any batch files... might Factorio command line support that already? And what is ModMyFactory (that already does something a bit like that) up to ?)
The ModMyFactory kind of does what I'm talking about. It also seems to be a bit overkill for what I'd want it for. It looks like it can shuffle around versions of the mods, so I'm assuming it's copying the .dat file while it's doing so. It can also edit the .json to turn on and off mods. The one thing I don't know if it's able to do is launch the same exact mod layout, but with different configuration settings. If you can create a bundle like that then yea it would be one way to try to handle it. For Bob's case most of the time he's likely not turning on and off mods at all, he's just trying to switch settings within his mods. This became harder back in .16? because you can't just change that data directly anymore.
You are correct though, apparently there is in fact a switch for the mod folder location. " --mod-directory PATH Mod directory to use" You wouldn't need to copy back in if you used that. Although once again I still prefer just copying a 6KB .dat file as opposed to having 10 copies of all of the mods. But you could keep switching directories and configuring mods so you had something to revert to.