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WHAT IS POOL So first off, what is Pool and why should I use it? Pool is a wrapper for tool.exe that allows you to batch process tool commands, run up to 64 tool commands in parallel, run tool on directories other than the one it resides in, and more. Pool also allows you to save the list of commands you've typed in to text files and load them up for later use. Pool will load up whatever commands were typed in when it was closed. Pool can do more, but it is basically an ease-of-use upgrade for tool.

                  GETTING STARTED

To use Pool in the most simple way possible, go to "File->Add Tool" and select the tool.exe you want to use. Then just type commands into this text box like you would normally when running tool in cmd.exe. A couple examples(useful ones) can be viewed by going to "File->Open" and opening one of the text files in the command lists folder.

                  HOW TO USE POOL

Lines starting with a ; or a / are considered disabled(they are basically comments), and are ignored when processing. Lines that begin with a # are considered directives and do special things. For example, #cwd allows you to set the current working directory, #k and #c make cmd windows stay open or close(respectively) when the command finishes processing, and #w tells Pool to wait until all commands currently processing are finished before continuing. Combine #k with #w and you can pause processing at certain spots.

Commands currently processing will be surrounded in yellow, failed commands will be surrounded in red, and finished ones in green. Because Tool doesn't actually report any error information when it returns, the only failures Pool can detect are mis-typed commands. Go to "Help->Commands and Directives" to view an explaination of each command, each directive, and each of their arguments. (NOTE: As of right now, most of the help is blank. Sorry!)


I personally prefer to type commands and parameters in rather than using a GUI(like a file browser) to do it for me. There are others like me, but there are also people who want/need the help. To make everyone happy, I've come up with a smart-assist system that works through the use of right-clicking. Right-click an empty line and a menu will pop up that allows you to paste in a template for any command or directive. Right-click a command to get a description of it and what its arguments are. Right-click an argument to view a description of the argument and/or bring up a GUI to edit it. Smart-assist can be turned off at any time in the Settings menu. Example: Right-click the argument of build-cache-file and a browser will appear, letting you select the scenario to use.


If you don't like the text color scheme or the commands that appear in the right-click menu, you can change them through the File menu. The color scheme and menu options will be opened in notepad, and will both be applied as soon as you save and close the text files.


No, not at all lmao. I was REALLY bored and decided that it'd be fun to add another tool(lul) to the MEK that sort-of replaces one of Bungie's original hek programs. I'm not insane enough to write an actual REPLACEMENT for tool.exe, so this is good enough for me.


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