Basic guide to using the -show_err function in RTW and BI
-show_err is the basic error reporting system for RTW and BI, to activate it do the following:
Right click on the desktop shortcut you use to launch your game. Select properties. In the target line after the end " type a space and then -show_err
the finished line should look like: click apply and that should be done.
Please note that -show_err only gives message for the first problem it finds. You have to fix that before you get next message. Therefore if you have a non-fatal error that gives message, you do need to fix it, otherwise you won't get message for more serious problems.
Understanding messages given by -show_err
Once you have -show_err operating you will find that for some modding problems it very kindly gives you a reference to which file is wrong and gives you the line number where problem is located. (to find line number x use notepad, edit, go to function) Unfortunately a lot of the error messages it gives you are more difficult to understand. Some of the common confusing ones are listed below:
== Problems that crash or KTM without -show_err message == Some examples of modding problems that don't generate show_err message are listed below.