i rarely use IAR files, mainly because they are mysterious to me and i don’t usually have much luck importing an IAR that someone has shared with me. IARs are a great way to share scripted objects with others but they do need console access or an OpenSim provider that has an IAR upload mechanism
however, as happens often on this blog, i learn new things and today, that was how to successfully export one avatar’s inventory and import it into another avatar
typically, in my multitude of SoaS copies, i don’t worry about inventory items but that is limiting. it keeps me from developing a set of handy tools, scripts, notecards, and objects that would positively impact my SoaS experience. it also keeps me from making an Ener Hax replicant out of Simona Sim!
i don’t know about you, but when i see my little Ener running around making stuff, it makes me smile and adds to the joy that OpenSim creation is. i had resolved to just be plain jane barefoot Simona when working in SoaS . . .
now, thanks to Oya, it won’t be a waste of time making an SoaS inventory Ener Hax folder!
in my Kitely worlds everything that defines who Ener Hax is – parasol, skin, shape, face piercings, collar, pink hair, wings, etc – is all kept in one folder. that way, if i decide to try out some other avatar stuff – clothes, hair, skins, and what not – then it’s easy for me to poof back into Ener simply by dragging the Ener Hax folder onto myself in-world =)
so what gave me this inventory insight and confidence?
she wrote it out in a way that i could follow and succeed so here are her words:
OK, so I’m back to share my latest experience. Anyway Ener, when I’m uploading the IAR, my avatar is in-world (because I enjoy seeing my inventory get loaded lol) but I haven’t tried uploading when I’m offline. I guess it’s worth a try, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work!
To backup my entire inventory, I simply used the command:
save iar Simona Stick /* password
This created an IAR file in my bin folder called “user-inventory”. The cool part is, this ONE file, contains all the objects in my inventory! So it’s a good idea to save a copy of it in a cloud storage just to be safe. [Ener Approved Top 10 Tip!]
The next step, I logged-in my Alt to test my inventory. Making sure that my IAR file was still in the bin folder, I used the command:
load iar –merge Avatar Name / PASSWORD user-inventory.iar
The –merge part was important. It prevented the inventory from creating two of each folder and it merged folders with the same names.
It all worked nicely and my inventory was loaded in seconds! Oh and I wasn’t on the root sim. I was on SoaS 2.4, so I guess it doesn’t matter where you are.
One thing I noticed, if your using Firestorm and you have created “links” then they will appear as broken when you load your inventory (including your outfits folder). So just pay attention to that. For me, I think I’ll use the old way of making copies of things instead of links for now.
And that’s about it! I hope this helps someone :)
thanks Oya! this is a helpful tutorial (it helped me) and there are other commands and ideas on exporting and importing IARs that can be found here on the OpenSim site
in the screenshots below (yes, i like picture menu’s like at Denny’s), i copy Simona Stick‘s inventory to that of another avatar named Alt Avatar (how original!) =p
i followed Oya’s directions which worked perfectly. not only is this handy for your own avatar but this is a great way to backup and share educational inventories too! =)