if I run that code, it runs 100% correctly. This must mean that I have the file gui/gradient somewhere on my computer.
that link says that all of them are stored in my materials folder. my materials folder contains two subdirectories:
temp, which contains vmt files wih gibberish names such as 1d876029.vtf
and vgui. which contains only my spray.
I searched the entire gmod directory for “gui”, only three folders come up, and none of them contain any .vmt or .vtf files.
I searched my whole computer and spent over an hour combing the results looking for a file stored somewhere else. I even loaded gmod into a virtual machine with only gmod and the required software installed. The damn texture still loads fine, but there’s not a trace of it anywhere on my computer. Maybe I’m retarded. But dear god where are those files located?