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fo2dat

A file archiver for Fallout 2 "DAT2" files

Usage

# show help
fo2dat --help

# list contents of master.dat
fo2dat -tf master.dat

# extract master.dat into current dir
fo2dat -xf master.dat

# extract master.dat into fo2/
mkdir fo2
fo2dat -xf master.dat -C fo2

DAT Spec

Source: http://falloutmods.wikia.com/wiki/DAT_file_format

dat_file


    0                   1                   2                   3
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |                               .                               |
   |                               .                               |
   |                             data                              |
   |    len = sum(entry.packed_size for entry in tree_entries)     |
   |                               .                               |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |                           num_files                           |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |                               .                               |
   |                               .                               |
   |                          tree_entries                         |
   |                       len = tree_size - 4                     |
   |                               .                               |
   |                               .                               |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |                           tree_size                           |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |                           file_size                           |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

  • Top-level container for all archive data
  • All multi-byte numbers are little-endian
  • data and tree_entries are variable length.
  • tree_size holds the size (in bytes) of both tree_entries and tree_size.
  • The size of data can be calculated by adding the packed_size of each tree_entry in tree_entries

data

  • Contains the data for all files described in tree_entries
  • The data of all files is concatenated together with no separators
  • The offset and size of each file in data is described in the file's respective tree_entry in tree_entries
  • A file's data MAY be compressed with zlib compression. Although a file's tree_entry contains an is_compressed flag, a file's compression should be checked by testing that the first two bytes of data are the zlib magic number (0x78da). If the file is smaller than two bytes, it is not compressed.

tree_entries

  • Contains metadata for each file in dat_file
  • A continuous block of tree_entrys with no separators
  • The starting offset for tree_entries can be calculated from tree_size
  • With some Fallout2 DAT2 files, tree_entries can contain duplicate entries, these are ignored

tree_entry


    0                   1                   2                   3
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |                         filename_len                          |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |                               .                               |
   |                               .                               |
   |                            filename                           |
   |                   (ASCII, len = filename_len)                 |
   |                               .               ----------------|
   |                               .               | is_compressed |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |                       decompressed_size                       |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |                          packed_size                          |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |                            offset                             |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

  • Contains metadata of a file in dat_file
  • The data of the file is held in dat_files data block, starting at offset and ending at offset + packed_size
  • is_compressed can have a value of either 0x0 (uncompressed) or 0x1 (compressed). For robustness, this flag should be ignored and, instead, the first two bytes of the file data should be read for the zlib magic number (0x78da)
  • Filenames are stored in DOS 8.3 format: 8 characters for the file name, followed by a period (.), followed by a 3 character long extension.

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