I wanted to clean my wow folder so i backed up my cache, interface and wtf folder and deleted them. great. dl the addons i use via curse client. i added the addons settings lua files one by one for each addon, but for some reason xperl lua file appeared only in the saved variables folder of my account and not in the sv of my warlock. anyway, my own xperl settings did not restore themselves. all i see is bugged player frame of xperl that is a bit grayed, like there is some addon bug.
i read somewhere online that some addons settings are saved in win 7 virtualstore folder. i accesed that folder but couldn't find xperl lua file there. how can i locate and restore my xperl lua file and possibly other addons that their settings are not saved in the wtf folder? and how do i prevent addons from saving their settings outside wtf folder?
this is a real headache. i configure my addons for hours. it's like a work of art for me. i can't play this game without the addons i like.
thanks in advance...
Addons can only ever save things in one of two SV files: the one for the account, or the one for a specific character+realm. Addons can save stuff in either one of those files, or both; it's the choice of the addon developer. From your post, it sounds like XPerl only uses the one for the account.
Those files will always be under the WTF folder tree. The game enforces this. Addons can't even change the name of their SV file, let alone its location.
Where things get funky is when the WTF folder tree itself can be in strange places or multiple pieces due to Windows virtual store, UAC, the phase of the moon, and bugs in any of the above. Best thing to do is to install WoW someplace that's not treated "special" by Windows; so something like C:/Games/WoW or C:/my own shit goes here/go away microsoft/world of warcraft or bury it under X:/SecretPornStash/By-Category/Squirrels/WorldOfWarcraft, etc. Just don't put it under C:/Program Files or C:/Users/...../Games or anything like that, Windows will have a fucking field day corrupting all your dataz.
Yes, the real folder path names will have backslashes instead of normal forward slashes, but the forum markup on this site is doing Strange Things with backslashes. I blame it on ebola.
If your WoW is currently installed in one of those bad places, just try moving the entire WoW folder to the new location. There's a good chance you don't need to actually reinstall the game.
If you're trying to hunt down where a particular SV file is, the simplest approach is to pull up Windows Explorer (the file manager, not the web browser) and just use the search tool on whichever hard drive you installed WoW on. Look for "XPerl.lua". (There are faster and better ways, but I don't know what other tools you're comfortable with using, and the file manager is always there.)
You'll need to be careful to not confuse the per-account SV files with the per-character SV files. Look at the containing folder names carefully before you move them around.
In the worst case, once you move your WoW installation to some non-special location, you may have to start with the default XPerl settings and redo them from scratch.
(Also, on an unrelated note, you don't need to save the Cache folder. In fact, deleting it from time to time can help solve and prevent certain kinds of problems. Only the Interface and WTF folders really need preserving, along with Screenshots if that's where it shows up.)
thanks for answer,
i already tried what you suggest. xperl.lua can only be found in the wtf folder. my wow folder is already in c:, not in program files. i already configured xperl from beginning... so i don't understand how come xperl settings are bugged if i already tried what you suggest... i use shadowed uf atm. i think that only formatting my pc and install windows again may solve this. what virtualstore folder is good for if xperl.lua is not there? maybe xperl.lua is there as a hidden file?
If you've already configured it from scratch and something else is still broken, then we can't help you. Clearly some part of your setup, your WoW installation, or your computer is wrong, but since we can't magically see inside your hard drive, we can't guess what it is. Make sure you're using the special WoD beta version of XPerl from http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/xperl and follow all tips from its author.