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Old 08-21-2006, 03:57 PM   #1
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My light_enviroment doesn't seem to be working properly. I looked at what happened during the compile and I found this:

Could not find lights.rad in lights.rad.
Trying VRAD BIN directory instead...
Warning: Couldn't open texlight file c:\program files\steam\steamapps\NOTMYEMAILADDRESS\sinepisode ssdk\bin\lights.rad.

I am not that good with compilers, does anyone know how I can fix this?

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Old 08-21-2006, 04:00 PM   #2
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not give everyone your email edit it. or remove.

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Old 08-21-2006, 04:01 PM   #3
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That email died 2 years ago when we switched providers but I will change it anyway.

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Old 08-21-2006, 04:53 PM   #4
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I don't think you need the lights.rad for light_enviroment to work, because sin episodes doesn't have one.

The only use I've ever found for lights.rad is for textured lighting, that's when you make a texture on a brush create light instead of using an entity.


If you really want a lights.rad file just create one or copy one from half-life 2, as far as I can tell it's just a text document with settings for textured lighting.

You should be able to find one in
root:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\emailaddress\half-life 2\hl2
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:04 PM   #5
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If that is what lights.rad is for, then do you have any idea why my light_enviroment isn't working? I tried it by itself, then in a skybox, then in a skybox that is detachted from the map (like in the arena_office.vmf). None of those work.

Other light entities work, I am only having trouble with light_enviroment.

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Old 08-21-2006, 05:15 PM   #6
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I had this a couple of weeks back and I can't remember with absolute certainty what the problem was in the end. However I think it might have been because it was a test map that wasn't properly sealed (i.e. was leaking), and I guess that light from a light_environment can't be baked onto a leaked map, although point lights etc. can.

Of course if your map isn't leaking you can discount this straight off.
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:39 PM   #7
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If that is what lights.rad is for, then do you have any idea why my light_enviroment isn't working? I tried it by itself, then in a skybox, then in a skybox that is detachted from the map (like in the arena_office.vmf). None of those work.

Other light entities work, I am only having trouble with light_enviroment.
The light_enviroment casts light from the skybox into your map. Thus the skybox would have to be around or over your map for it to cast light into into your map. Oh and the skybox won't work if the brush isn't entirely covered in the tools/toolsskybox texture.
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Old 08-21-2006, 06:31 PM   #8
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Ya, I tried that. There is no skybox visible from inside my map at this point because it is a sewers/underground theme. And no, there are no leaks in my map.

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Old 08-21-2006, 06:33 PM   #9
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Ya, I tried that. There is no skybox visible from inside my map at this point because it is a sewers/underground theme. And no, there are no leaks in my map.
If there is no visible skybox from inside your map then the light_enviroment won't light your map at all.

You'll have to use different entity lights or textured lighting.

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Old 08-21-2006, 07:03 PM   #10
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:O time to add a hole in the sky

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