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clrmame Discussion / Re: Feature Request
« on: 06 April 2009, 07:04 »

I hope other people will find this idea of great use, I sure do!

I tend to not run clrmame over an updated dat alot of times, so I am sure that I have alot of unneeded files possibly floating around. I would like to be able to take a torrent file and use it as a dat file. Scanning the folder where the files were located would be short and fast to show unneeded items.

Is this silly? I know I could get an updated dat and scan it, just thought this might be a shortcut.


Actually I don't understand your request. Sounds like you're only rebuilding new files from "update packs" to your collection without doing a single scan on it????
I don't see a problem removing unneeded files with the scanner.

clrmame Discussion / Re: clrmamepro 3.126 released
« on: 06 April 2009, 06:59 »
A couple of bugs.

Backup dirs are not saved, the last location entered in the settings dialog is used.
When clicking 'use backup path' in the rebuilder, the rom directory is appended to the path.

No bugs. You can only specify a backup root in settings dialog. The following path is constructed from the profile name.  Rebuilder 'use backup path' is only a one-time copy current backup setting (root + profilename) into the rebuilder source edit box.

clrmame Discussion / clrmamepro 3.126 released
« on: 04 April 2009, 15:02 »

misc:  optimized rom name check, major speed increase for sets with lots of roms
misc:  optimized "deeper check for fixable missing files", major speed increase for sets with lots of roms
misc:  don't list unneeded chds twice anymore (one via disk and the other via rom unneeded check)
fixed: zip buffersize for one-file operations was wrongly set to 15 byte decreasing speed immensly
fixed: profiler rarely shows a wrong tree icon when removing a currently loaded profile
fixed: profiler rarely doesn't autorefresh [new datfiles]

clrmame Discussion / #0011 - Missing sets (chd-only sets)
« on: 03 April 2009, 18:08 »
Some people wonder why e.g. CD32 sets are listed as missing sets when they don't have the chd.
Well, these sets are chd-only sets, i.e. the only have a chd (plus separated bios files).
As long as you scan for 'Sets' and don't have the chd, the set will be listed as missing. It's not recommended to turn off 'sets'. An easier way is to fool cmpro a bit. You can simply add empty setsubfolders for the sets in question (as you normally do to put a chd file in it). The the 'sets' scan won't report any issue anymore...however an enabled chd check will of course list the missing chd.

clrmame Discussion / Re: ? about batch scanning
« on: 03 April 2009, 17:01 »
Rebuilder_PackerType = 1

0 = zip
1 = 7z
2 = rar

clrmame Discussion / Re: ? about batch scanning
« on: 03 April 2009, 09:37 »
Batch jobs use the settings from each profile. There are only some settings which you can 'overwrite' in the batch window. If your single profile's rebuilder options use 7z as pack option, it should work.

Of course this is a nice idea for an enhancement....

clrmame Discussion / #0010 - Your own customized statistics
« on: 01 April 2009, 17:51 »
Have a look at stats.ini file. This is the default textfile which holds the captions and placeholders for the statistics window which appears optionally after a scan.
You don't like the layout, well, feel free and change it. The placeholder variables are pretty much recognizeable by the captions.

You shouldn't change stats.ini itself, instead create stats01.ini (..02.ini, ..., 10.ini). The highest number will be used. Why not changing stats.ini itself? Well, because when you update to a new version, stats.ini will be replaced again.

clrmame Discussion / Re: Rom Renaming
« on: 31 March 2009, 21:03 »
First of all, take a look at the dat and check how they organized the sets and if you use a correct rompath setting. Keep in mind to follow the supported storing method:

rompath\setname\file 1 ... file n for decompressed sets
rompath\setname.zip(.rar, .7z) for compressed sets.

Second thing with N64 files is: Headers and Byte/Word Order, i.e. one and the same file (datawise) can be stored in a different byte/word ordering which results in a different hash. Different hash -> cmpro's name check won't find a match.

In clrmamepro you have header support (settings->headers (rompath dropdown box)). There are several header definitions there for N64 files for the different byte orderings. You can try to play around with them.

Maybe the nointro datfile even provides an own xml header definition (which should be listed in the header of the datfile and you should get it from somewhere and put it in cmpro's header folder before starting cmpro).....Since I don't know the datfile, I can't tell you.....so check out if one of the standard n64 headers help you....or convert your files in the format which the dat is made from....

clrmame Discussion / #0009 - The about dialog
« on: 31 March 2009, 17:27 »
Wondered what the dialog window is all about...well..sure..it shows the version, got buttons to write an email, visit the homepage etc....but there is more...

drag'n drop an (archive (7z/rar/7z)) file into it....you will see what happens...:)

There is also a popup menu in this dialog to change the style of the buttons plus some more...you can also scan folders for a given crc32....

clrmame Discussion / #0008 - Hide / Show issues
« on: 30 March 2009, 22:28 »
Ever scanned empty MAME rompaths and wondered about the stats?

?Sets                 7944/7986
?Roms                 78276/116904
?CHDs                 289/374
?Samples              2178/2178
?Bytes                41gb/64gb

Empty paths but the count ain't 100/100?

Well, the reason for this are mainly nodumps. Nodumps are 'not dumped' ICs which appear in the database with a given size but no hash information. The total values count them (to match the MAME output) while they aren't handled as missing. That's why you don't see 100/100. Similar for CHDs...there are still a lot laserdisk chds which are listed as nodumps.

clrmame Discussion / Re: Torrentzip
« on: 30 March 2009, 21:07 »
It has been discussed a lot of times already.

Torrentzip WON'T be supported.

The reason for this is pretty obvious and I was already asked by official sources to even not support reading the torrentzip zip files (and even much worse things). Since they are still standard zips, I don't have a problem with reading them....
Besides of this legal issues, reorganizing the set will slow down the whole process anyway.

clrmame Discussion / #0007 - Hide / Show issues
« on: 30 March 2009, 17:45 »
Instead of only scanning for some issues, you should always keep all check options enabled. After a (new)scan you can always toggle the check options to update the issue tree. If you're not interested in unneeded messages, simply toggle unneeded and the tree will be rebuilt without any unneeded items. Not interested in roms? No problem...toggle roms and rom messages are shown/hidden.

clrmame Discussion / Re: Problem Clrmamepro
« on: 27 March 2009, 16:41 »
by the way, the use case for this is pretty uncommon. It'd mean that you got identical 2 chdfiles in the same folder where one is not correctly named. So it's safe to remove one. The only thing I could think of is the current chdman -update mania where you updated the existing file to the new format but you put it in the same folder...assuming the new file got a different name, clrmamepro should then list one file as wrongly named and the other one as "upgrade chd..". Again, you'd need to remove the old file manually.

clrmame Discussion / Re: Problem Clrmamepro
« on: 27 March 2009, 16:10 »
Generally a fix-name operation fails if the 'new' name already exist.
Normally you have a scanner-advanced option to "Move not-renamed sets to backup" to get this working. However this won't work for chds. In this case you have to manually remove one instance.

clrmame Discussion / forum user approval
« on: 27 March 2009, 12:47 »
Please be patient since the forum user approval process is currently under construction.....this should be fixed soon...

clrmame Discussion / You're an artist?
« on: 27 March 2009, 12:41 »
....if yes, you may want to spend some time to design a new cmpro button bar which supports the 3.123 (and higher) effects.
Before the latest version you only had a X=6*64, Y=64 button bar....now you got X=6*64, Y=64*n (where n= 1..4). The first line is the standard view. Second one is mouse-over, third is click and 4th is Focus. Not all 4 need to be supported.

An example can be found here: http://barbierato.altervista.org/clrmame_tmpl/

so...go go go..and do some painting ;)

clrmame Discussion / #0006 - Missing / Have List
« on: 27 March 2009, 12:38 »
People are not aware of what the missing / have lists do.

They only do a quick setname look up. Nothing else. If e.g. set 'pacman' is in the database, the miss/have list only checks each rompath if either a archive file pacman(.rar/.7z/.zip) or a subfolder pacman is in there. Nothing else...it doesn't look into the files.

So, these lists aren't accurate at all.

You should always do a scan with all check options to get a valid output. After that, you may want to use the list options for some file generation....Personally, I'd like to remove these buttons completely but there seem to be still some users who wants to use them.....no problem...as long as they understood what they do.

You can quickly switch between the rebuilder by pressing Alt-2 (from Scanner to Rebuilder) and Alt-1 (from Rebuilder to Scanner. You can also use the little radio buttons at the dialogs bottom right corner.

clrmame Discussion / #0004 - I don't want XML datfiles
« on: 27 March 2009, 12:20 »
You don't want XML datfiles? Why? XML is powerful, you can do much more interesting things (like transforming it via xslt) with it as with the old -listinfo format. Really...you should change to XML.
...but anyway, if the SetInformation->Export button (and I think fix-dats) should create an old style formatted datfile you can enter cmpro.ini and set:
Adv_DatFormatXML = off

Can I run multiple instances of clrmamepro?

Yes. Checkout cmpro.ini and edit the following line
Adv_AllowRestart = on

Do I have to care about anything?

Well....yes...The temporary folder (which is used sometimes during fixing) is cleaned on startup of each instances...so you better start a new session when no scan operation takes place. Also keep in mind that if you're running multiple instances you shouldn't use the same profile (which doesn't really makes sense but is theoretically possible) since they would interfear each other. That's pretty it.

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