Could you please add the 'WAIT' command to dosbox shell on a new version?

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Could you please add the 'WAIT' command to dosbox shell on a new version?

Postby Serious Callers Only » 2017-12-17 @ 02:49

I found something interesting while doing a conf file for tomb raider.

Dosbox (on linux at least) doesn't paint the screen or turn to fullscreen while the autoexec section of a conf file is executing (or before) as long as there isn't a 'pause' or 'choice' or the autoexec passed. This is fine, but i sometimes want to display text before requiring user input. I used a external cmd called wait (for dos) that i had quite bit of trouble finding on the internet. I think i compiled it even but if i did, i forgot the source.

Regardless, i required it because i wanted to present some text, 'waiting' 0.5 seconds for it to turn to fullscreen and paint and then mounting a iso (+ogg) and take the time it takes to mount a iso to allow the user to read info. If i had paused after the cd mount would stay in a black window for the time it takes to mount. If i had used a pause before the mount, the user would read and then be annoyed for waiting a second or two for the mount.

So i went with
print
wait 0.5
imgmount
pause
#rest of stuff that includes more print and a choice.


I know this is very unusual, and i found a solution that works perfectly for me, but i thought i'd mention it.
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Re: Could you please add the 'WAIT' command to dosbox shell on a new version?

Postby emendelson » 2017-12-17 @ 21:55

Here's a WAIT utility:

https://www.plop.at/en/dostools.html

Maybe it's the one you found?
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Re: Could you please add the 'WAIT' command to dosbox shell on a new version?

Postby Serious Callers Only » 2017-12-20 @ 01:45

Probably that. The main trouble finding one is that most of those on the net said they 'worked on dos' but it was a filthy lie, because people that started using computers post the end of the millennium think dos is the windows console.
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