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Meaning of ST5UNST.LOG (Netkeen 1 and 2)

Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2020 4:42
by Quillax
There are two old fangames called NetKeen and NetKeen 2 (made by Zbad, not to be confused with lemm's NetKeen). When installed, each game comes with a log file, named ST5UNST.LOG that starts with these lines:

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 %% PLEASE DO NOT MODIFY OR DELETE THIS FILE! %%
 %% This file contains information about the installation of an application. %%
 %% It will be used to automatically remove all application components from your computer if you choose to do so. %%
The third line is very questionable. If you disobeyed the written rule, does the game remove the files that were just installed or every single file in the computer? If it's the latter, then that would mean the games have malware. Very destructive malware! They might have to be removed from KeenWiki. Or is it all fake -- meaning nothing happens? I think this question is very important. I just don't know if anyone wants to take chances -- I sure don't.

Re: Meaning of ST5UNST.LOG (Netkeen 1 and 2)

Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:30
by Benvolio
My guess is that it is just innocent tomfoolery, the kind of joke that would have gone down better in the carefree '90s/early '00s than nowadays. But better to run it on a clean set up or VM first just to be sure...

Re: Meaning of ST5UNST.LOG (Netkeen 1 and 2)

Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2020 20:36
by K1n9_Duk3
I think this is a log file created by an installer program. I think this should contain a list of files that the installer copied onto the system. The uninstaller would have used this file to remove all of the files that the installer has created, that's why you shouldn't modify the file.

The "if you choose to do so" part probably means "if you choose to remove the program" (i.e. run the uninstaller), not "if you choose to modify this file".