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EDIT: I have looked at Christopho's tutorial videos and figured out how to get rid of the pause button icon, and that I just need to import the magic meter from another project. The only thing is that I still don't know how to make the action button stay on the HUD at all times - setting its is_enabled to true just doesn't do it and I don't see anywhere else in the code that would affect this.

Hi Everyone,

First time posting, of many, I am sure. I'm starting to learn Solarus and develop a game.

I am trying to customize the HUD to my preferences, and I have two questions. The first is: I want the pause button icon to never show (I don't consider it necessary), and I want the action button to always show up, even if there is no action.

I have tried editing this section of the script hud.lua as follows:
    elseif hud.mode == "normal" then
      if attack_icon ~= nil then
        local attack_icon_enabled = false
        local effect = game.get_custom_command_effect ~= nil and game:get_custom_command_effect("attack") or game:get_command_effect("attack")
        if effect then
          attack_icon_enabled = true
          -- Still display the attack icon when the hero does not have a sword, at the beginning of the game.
          local hero_sword = game:get_ability("sword")
          attack_icon_enabled = hero_sword == nil or hero_sword == 0

      if action_icon ~= nil then
        local effect = game.get_custom_command_effect ~= nil and game:get_custom_command_effect("action") or game:get_command_effect("action")
        action_icon:set_enabled(true)   --changed from effect ~= nil

      if pause_icon ~= nil then
        pause_icon:set_enabled(false) --changed from true
        pause_icon:set_active(false)    --changed from true

      for _, item_icon in ipairs(item_icons) do
        if item_icon ~= nil then

What I am getting is that the pause icon still shows up for one frame, before the script kicks in, I suppose. And the action icon still only displays when I am next to a block to grab or a chest to open; i.e., nothing has changed at all with it. What do I need to do to get these buttons to behave the way I want.

The second question is: I want the button icons on the right and the hearts and magic meter on the left, as it is in every official Zelda game other than LTTP. I have managed to move the buttons and hearts by changing the values in hud_config.lua, but I do not see where I define the location of the magic meter. I also don't see where it gets drawn in any of the scripts. What have I missed here?