Oblivion:Directories < Oblivion
Install Directory Edit
Where you installed Oblivion to. Contains game and launcher executables, and TESCS (CS4) mod editor
English Default: \Program Files\Bethesda Softworks\Oblivion The default version of the file saved to your game configuration.
Note: This seems to be the only ini file with such a prototype. I.e., neither Blend.ini nor ConstructionSet.ini have matching default files.
Data Directory Edit
Oblivion's shared data files, including: mod data files, BSA archives, separate resource files (meshes, textures, etc.)
English Default: Install Directory\Data Location determined by
SLocalMasterPath in Oblivion.ini, which is "Data\" by default.
Application Data Edit
English Default: \Documents and Settings\USER\Local Settings\Application Data\Oblivion More generally: LOCALAPPDATA\Oblivion
Programmers can get the value of LOCALAPPDATA using the
API function. The registry should not be used the get the value of LOCALAPPDATA.
SHGetFolderPath Users can open the folder by entering
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Oblivion into Start>Run
Note that this is typically a hidden folder. In Explorer, use Tools: Folder Options: View: Hidden Files and Folders to reveal hidden folders.
DLCList.txt Edit This file is used by Oblivion to keep track of your downloaded content.
After the header, downloaded content is listed??
Plugins.txt Edit This file is used to tell Oblivion which data files to load.
After the header, selected plugins are listed in (case insensitive) alphabetical order.
English Default: \Documents and Settings\USER\My Documents\My Games\Oblivion More generally: PERSONAL\My Games\Oblivion
Note that "My Games" does
not localize. Programmers can use the aforementioned
API function to get the value of PERSONAL. As above, the registry should not be used.
BlendSettings.ini Edit Seems to be a subset of game configuration, related to hit handling for combat.
ConstructionSet.ini Edit Construction Set (CS4) configuration.
EditorWarnings.txt Edit Log of warnings from current session of CS4 Editor.
RendererInfo.txt Edit Programmer-oriented data dump about the current GPU model, driver version and some important graphics settings in the game. The PC version of the game contains a lot of code to support different graphics hardware, and this dump tells a developer which parts of that internal code is currently being used for rendering.
DLCList.txt Edit According to the file itself "This file is used by Oblivion to keep track of your downloaded content. Please do not modify this file."
The file goes on to list the ESPs you have purchased in a consecutive list much like Oblivion.ini/Oblivion_default.ini.
You save games as ess files.
English Default: My Games\Saves Location determined by
SLocalSavePath in Oblivion.ini, which is "Saves\" by default.
Note: There is also a
bUseMyGamesDirectory setting in Oblivion.ini, changing this has an effect only if the value of PERSONAL has been changed from its default value.
autosave.ess: Your autosave file.
autosave.bak: Your immediately previous autosave file.
Presumably you could revert to this if the latest autosave is bad.