The EVE Repair Tool and You

With EVE Online: Dominion about to be released, and most of the features covered in blogs and forum threads, one of the new upcoming Engineering improvements we're including is the awesome Client Repair Tool.

It does what it says on the tin; it repairs your client.

Often, with new releases, people run into issues downloading or patching their clients for a variety of reasons. With this tool, the days of forcing you to download the full installer are gone. Whether it's a corrupt harddisk, bad internet connection or some other reason, the tool lets you repair your client and then continue on to kill, mine or grief (delete as applicable) your way to the top.

The basics of the tool are simple;

  • Download a list of what the contents of the client should be.
  • Analyze the client on your hard drive, and compare it to what should be there.
  • Download any missing or damage files via Microsoft's BITS protocol.

We host a listing of the client on our webservers, which the repair tool queries. It then uses a simple MD5 checksum to determine if the file on your harddisk is as it should be. If it isn't, a compressed replacement is retrieved from our Content Delivery Network and the broken one is replaced.

It's been in testing on Singularity for a while now, with good results, and we want to release it to all and sundry so that anyone who runs into problems with Dominion can get up and running as fast as possible.

The Client Repair Tool is the first of many amazing improvements we've got lined up to make client maintenance easier for you, and us. Exciting times!

Here's some images of it in progress to tide you over until you can bask in its awesomeness personally.

-- CCP Atropos