It’s a good thing I make video games and not airplanes…

It has come to my attention that the NSIS installer script I’ve been using for ALL of my installers will delete the entire installation directory when doing an uninstall. For anyone who chose the default option, which is to create a new subdirectory in the “Zachtronics Industries” folder in “Program Files”, this is not a problem; the game-specific subdirectory is the only thing that will be deleted. However, if you’ve installed the game directly into a directory with other files, DO NOT USE THE UNINSTALLER, as it will delete those files too.

I’ve uploaded new installers that lack an uninstall option for now, and will hopefully figure out a better solution in the next few days. If anyone else encountered this problem in the past (but didn’t threaten to rip out my entrails) I apologize to you too.

11 Comments to It’s a good thing I make video games and not airplanes…

  1. mindcat's Gravatar mindcat
    December 2, 2009 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    inno setup

  2. December 2, 2009 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    One more reason to code for the web! – No need for installers :-D

  3. payjack's Gravatar payjack
    December 2, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Rip out your entrails? What arsehead writes that?

  4. compsciguy's Gravatar compsciguy
    December 2, 2009 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    He gave his name as “Tuukka Virtaperk”.

  5. December 3, 2009 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    It could be worse.
    For instance, you could have done what CCP did a few years ago (click my name for details).

  6. We don't uninstall your games.'s Gravatar We don't uninstall your games.
    December 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    We like them very much.

  7. Luraman's Gravatar Luraman
    December 13, 2009 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Infinitive Iron Rod :P Just continues to grow out of the game screen:

  8. Luraman's Gravatar Luraman
    December 13, 2009 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    PS. Nearly forgot use it on level VII…

  9. compsciguy's Gravatar compsciguy
    December 13, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Ummm, wrong post for those comments.

  10. PleasingFungus's Gravatar PleasingFungus
    February 24, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    You aren’t the first to make that mistake. (The comic isn’t exactly clear on the subject, but Bungie did the exact same thing with Myth II, waaaay back in the day.)

  11. Henry's Gravatar Henry
    March 5, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Funcom actually did the same for the beta-install client of Age of Conan.
    (In addition, it also cleaned out whatever directory you happened to have downloaded the 1GB part install files to… Bye bye, dear G:\!)
    Only way I know around it is to specify manually each of the files you install in the root folder, which is why I prefer to put most of the files in a subdirectory when using NSIS :)