HowTo: Adding to the games database
Posted 09 May 2003 - 04:51 PM
You find several interesting items..
1) Castaway/GP 008 - uploaded now
2) Casyaway/GP dos command line tool for making CRC32's - uploaded now
3) Link to downlaod the master games database original -- will be uploaded in an hour or so
Castaway/GP 008 will load up the STGAMES.TXT file from your GP's ATARIST directory on load. This means we can edit that file, and you can pop it onto your SMC anytime you want, to get immediate results. You don't need to wait for me to update the Castawya/GP executable.. the database is self contained.
It currently has all the Automation disks in it, but not too much else. We need to grow it. I can try and merge in some other files, but looks like we've got some manual labour ahead.
That means we need to be organized.. we don't want people redoing each others work!
So if you wish to help out adding to the database, post here in this forum to claim a group, or series of disks, or originals. ie: Make a posting saying "I claim Medway Boys disks 1 through 50, will have them done by Monday" or that sort of thing. Then you email me the medway boys *only* chunk of textfile, to email@example.com, and I merge it into the database and check to make sure theres no duplicates.
So how do you do it?
The top part of the STGAMES.TXT file tells you how to format things.
You use the command line tool to generate a CRC32 number for the disk you have. I will make DOS, Linux and FreeBSD versions of the utility.. for now, the first one is a DOS command line one.
You just go like this..
And it spits out a number (assumign you have that file
Then you format it like this..
AU:35:1234567:game 1; game 2; game 3
AU is the group name; the top of the STGAMES.TXT file lists the legend to use.
35 is the disk number.. Automaiton 35, for example.
If its an original, you use OR:1 ..
1234567 si the CRC number spit out by the tool.
Thent he game list; if one game, just put it. IF multiple games, separate with SEMICOLON AND SPACE!
"Dungeon Master; OIDs" is correct.
So if you claim Medway 1-50, then you'll give me a 50 line textfile.
Dont' give me the rest.. then I don't know which are new!
I will merge the submission into the database after checking for duplicates.. in case two peopel do medway 50 for instance.
Is this enough information to help?
Posted 09 May 2003 - 04:53 PM
You can edit a separate textfile with your new database additions.
Then open the STGAMEs.TXT file, add yours to the end of it, and pop it over to your device. Then you can try out the game listing service..
But dont' send me the works, send me the new stuff.
Posted 09 May 2003 - 05:09 PM
Posted 09 May 2003 - 06:03 PM
Posted 09 May 2003 - 06:47 PM
Flame of Finland has some entries already in there, though I forget if they have any CRCs. That might save you typing in the game names.. maybe you just need to enter in the CRCs!
Same situation with Cynix.. some or all of them are in there, likely without CRCs. A good one to start with.
SuperGAU isn't in there at all I don't think, so if you wanted to start with "SG" as the group name, that'd be perfect.
Hows it working out for everyone, anyway?
Posted 09 May 2003 - 07:19 PM
Feel free to nab this latest version and try it out by renaming it to stgames.txt for your gp32. (the new version is stgames11.txt, so needs to be renamed to be used in Castaway/GP)
Posted 09 May 2003 - 07:19 PM
Posted 10 May 2003 - 11:44 AM
using this batch tool:
EDIT: done! i've created entries for the A/B and V1/V2 of some discs too. I've also checked and reordered the games on each disc, putting them in the same order as my master list (roughly alphabetical).
It would be nice to have the games on each disc in exact order - so you know that if the game is top of the list it's number one when you load the disc? but that is major work!
Posted 10 May 2003 - 03:31 PM
I'm it is or that you tried 'em out
Thanks for the work; wlooks like we'll be filled out in no time
Posted 10 May 2003 - 03:53 PM
I've also whipped up a crappy batxch tool here:
You run it like "crc32 *.ST" to do all ST files in current directory.
crc32 *.ST > stfiles.out
Sort of thing should work.
If your toolis better, thats cool
Posted 10 May 2003 - 09:06 PM
I checked your file.. its an empty .zip; the whole zip is about .. empty
Posted 10 May 2003 - 09:27 PM
I've sent you the database to your e-mail.
Oops, sorry I didn't notice that other person was working in the same database.