How to fix the Parrot Scrolling Combat Text Addon

Daniel Whitcomb
D. Whitcomb|04.08.08

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How to fix the Parrot Scrolling Combat Text Addon

If you're an Ace mod fanatic like I am, you may use Parrot for your scrolling combat text needs. If you've used Parrot since 2.4, you've noticed, like I have, that the dang thing just plain doesn't work. Even though the ever handy WoWAceUpdater continues to update it, there's some block of data it's missing. And that means that when I get into combat and look for my scrolling information... nothing happens. There's no pretty numbers to the side of my characters. Hey, that's fair enough. 2.4 was the patch of the great combat log change, and it's understandable that not every addon is quite caught up.

That said, I like how I have Parrot set up, and I didn't really want to try to find and install a new mod, or heaven forbid, use Blizzard's base system. So, I went searching, hoping to find some way to bring back my beloved Parrot.

I found salvation in KarganMGE of the WowAce forums. In this post, he posts a copy of a CombatEvents.lua file. When put in the Interface\Addons\Parrot\Code folder in your base WoW directory (make sure it overwrites the old one there), it seems to put Parrot back to mostly working order again. All that scrolling information is at my fingertips again. It's a bit of a pain to update an addon manually again, especially since it resets to the old file when a Parrot update gets pushed through WoWAceUpdater, and some options don't seem to be all there, and it's still having trouble with classifying self-heals, but it's nice to have the thing working, at least.

Hopefully, original Parrot addon author ckknight can find some time to get Parrot completely and officially back up and running (although apparently that may take a while, as in, when ckknight decides to write Parrot 2.0), but it is nice to have this much Parrot goodness, and I find myself greatly appreciative of KarganMGE for getting it out to us.

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