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Bug 147549 - Suggestion: mame-extras ebuild which should install *.dat files
Summary: Suggestion: mame-extras ebuild which should install *.dat files
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: New packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Default Assignee for New Packages
Depends on:
Reported: 2006-09-14 03:51 UTC by Denilson Sá Maia
Modified: 2014-03-26 16:43 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Denilson Sá Maia 2006-09-14 03:51:19 UTC
Mame (xmame and probably all derivatives and gui-interfaces) has support to some .dat files containing extra information for each emulated game. The available datafiles are: cheat.dat, hiscore.dat, history.dat, mameinfo.dat.

I suggest the creation of a new ebuild called "mame-extras" or "mame-dat" that should download and install these files. Then, all mame ebuilds (xmame, gxmame, advancemame, ...) should (optionally?) depend on this one (and set default config files to point to place where these datafiles were installed).

This way Gentoo will provide the best Mame experience with little trouble for users.

Note: each data file is available on a different site, and sometimes there are more than one version available (each site has its own version). For this exact reason I think an ebuild would make the life of users a lot easier.
Comment 1 Michael Palimaka (kensington) gentoo-dev 2014-03-26 16:43:19 UTC
If this is still relevant, we would need info about specifically which files and from where.