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Launchers or how to set multiples wads on Ubuntu.

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So, for my work as on this weeks im working with ubuntu 18.04 and need to know if there a simple way to get launchers or wads to play.

I'm already installed 2 source ports, and can play the DOOM2.wad, but need to configure to runs multiple wads.

Thanks for any help!

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Here's the way I do it. Add to your .bashrc file:

export DOOMWADDIR="path-to-wad-directory"

for example, for mine I have

export DOOMWADDIR="/home/rathori/games/doom/wads"

I know for a fact that prboom-plus and GZDoom support this environment variable, so you can just run any wad like this from any directory, no matter where the source ports are actually installed (provided the source port executables are in your PATH env variable):

gzdoom -file xa-dwire.wad

And I'm pretty sure almost every other source port also supports DOOMWADDIR. Heck, you can even use it on macOS and Windows.

Obviously, put all your WADs (including IWADs) into that directory :P


Another nice bonus is that you don't need to keep copies of your WADs for each source port you use, they'll all use the wads in this directory automatically.

Edited by Rathori

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Lcferrum on the ZDoom forums forked an updated version of ZDL which is also Linux compatible.

Here's the github: https://github.com/lcferrum/qzdl/releases

And here's the thread although the updated ZDL is on the last few pages: https://forum.zdoom.org/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=32596

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