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Reply 1941 of 1953, by AlfreX

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rcblanke wrote on 2024-02-10, 12:14:
DBGL 0.98 was just released on the website, no changes since the last beta build. Please keep in mind that it now requires Java […]
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DBGL 0.98 was just released on the website, no changes since the last beta build. Please keep in mind that it now requires Java 17 or newer!

For the upcoming release I'll try to focus on supporting more options from the various DOSBox forks that are floating 'round.

Regards,
Ronald

Thanks for your work! it is excellent, I am using it both in windows and in my two Linux pc's (Fedora and Mint) and it works great!!!
What a great news that you are going to focus on the extra options of the DOSBox variants. I think that nowadays the two most important forks are DOSBox staging and DOSbox-X.

Once again thanks to you for creating the best frontend for DOSbox!

Reply 1942 of 1953, by Neville

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A new stable version of DOSBox-Staging (v0.81.0) has just been released. It has tons of new features and improvements, some of which may require changes to DBGL.

Here are the release notes.

EDIT: Unfortunately, it seems I was right to think changes to DBGL arr going to be necessary. Right now my only profile using DOSBox-Staging shows most options as unavailable, even the ones in common with regular DOSBox. Therefore, it's using DOSBox-Staging default options.

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Reply 1943 of 1953, by rcblanke

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Interesting, I'll have a look when I can find some time to check what's going on. But please realize that it will probably take quite a while to improve support for all these features... :p

Reply 1944 of 1953, by Neville

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I get it, the release notes are huge, and who knows what internal changes lie beneath. I'm not exactly the biggest fan of DOSBox-Staging either, so far I've preferred to use DOSBox ECE and / or DOSBox-X to get features like Glide or Roland MT-32 emulation.

However, with DOSBox ECE apparently no longer in development more users are likely going to migrate to DOSBox-Staging, and keeping up to date with its progress seems the best option.

EDIT: Figured out why so many DOSBox options were not available on my setup. Turns out thatwhen I added the new DOSBox-Staging build to DBGL I pointed the config file to DOSBox-Staging.conf instead of DOSBox.conf. Now some options remain obscured, but most of the usual settings can be changed.

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Reply 1945 of 1953, by PerryRhodan

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Hello, I recently upgraded to DBGL 0.98 final and now I've lost all of my games. I downloaded the latest zip file and extracted the update to my DBGL folder and started it up and now all I get is a blank database. I've done this before many times without any problems, so does anyone have any idea what's gone wrong and how do I get my games back which are still in the root folder? All the profiles and images are also still there so I have no idea why they are not showing. I would appreciate any help. I do not want to start from scratch. 🙁

PS. Where is the game list information stored?

After further investigation, it looks like the database file has been overwritten and I haven't made a backup. Is there any way to rebuild the database without having to add all 4000+ games manually one by one? 🙁

Thanks!

Reply 1946 of 1953, by Alexis78

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PerryRhodan wrote on 2024-02-24, 13:10:
Hello, I recently upgraded to DBGL 0.98 final and now I've lost all of my games. I downloaded the latest zip file and extracted […]
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Hello, I recently upgraded to DBGL 0.98 final and now I've lost all of my games. I downloaded the latest zip file and extracted the update to my DBGL folder and started it up and now all I get is a blank database. I've done this before many times without any problems, so does anyone have any idea what's gone wrong and how do I get my games back which are still in the root folder? All the profiles and images are also still there so I have no idea why they are not showing. I would appreciate any help. I do not want to start from scratch. 🙁

PS. Where is the game list information stored?

After further investigation, it looks like the database file has been overwritten and I haven't made a backup. Is there any way to rebuild the database without having to add all 4000+ games manually one by one? 🙁

Thanks!

OMG.
When I changed from D-Fend Reloaded to DBGL years ago I tried to use the conf files, there was an option to do It that DBGL was offering to me if I can recall correctly, but It couldn´t read the conf. files so I went one by one to do It, I had like 300 or so video games, then was not so bad, but was really tiring, but reading you is like a sidereal catastrophe in which two planets collide and trillions of souls die, as if installing the DBGL were only a little worse than if the death ray from the Death Star in Star Wars was aimed at our planet and would also hit the moon in a great shot making Darth Vader jump and high five with his favorite general.

OMG, 4000 video games to config one by one AGAIN.

It's a horrible installer, really. If It´s like that, I choose death.

Reply 1947 of 1953, by PerryRhodan

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Hi Alexis, I like DBGL, but it could certainly do with more import/export options and also the option of backing up all the important database files or even just a reminder for people like me who don't know where all the info is stored. Unfortunately, it looks like I have no choice but to reinstall 4500 games one by one again, as I've accidentally written over the database.script file and there doesn't appear to be any way to retrieve it. Out of desperation, I've even resorted to using data recovery software without success.

You're so right! The thought of having to manually import 4500 games again definitely feels worse than death. The Grim Reaper has just taken two years of my life, aargh! 🙁

I've just downloaded the REMOVED, so I might as well use Launchbox from now on. You live and learn.

Reply 1948 of 1953, by rcblanke

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Calm down people. I've sent you a Private Message a few days ago, PerryRhodan.

When I changed from D-Fend Reloaded to DBGL years ago I tried to use the conf files, there was an option to do It that DBGL was offering to me if I can recall correctly, but It couldn´t read the conf. files so I went one by one to do It, I had like 300 or so video games, then was not so bad, but was really tiring, but reading you is like a sidereal catastrophe in which two planets collide and trillions of souls die, as if installing the DBGL were only a little worse than if the death ray from the Death Star in Star Wars was aimed at our planet and would also hit the moon in a great shot making Darth Vader jump and high five with his favorite general.

I think the D-Fend importer works quite nicely, thank you very much.

OMG, 4000 video games to config one by one AGAIN.

There is existing tooling to recreate the database from data in the profiles folder.

It's a horrible installer, really. If It´s like that, I choose death.

There is no installer, it's a zip file that you have to extract. And I've documented the upgrade instructions many many times, and have always strongly advised to create backups of existing data. I'm sorry, but there is not much DBGL can do when a user overwrites data, or removes it from the filesystem.

Hi Alexis, I like DBGL, but it could certainly do with more import/export options...

If you'd exported all profiles to a GamePackArchive before the problematic upgrade (the exporter is available in DBGL since 2010), nothing would have been lost as that GamePackArchive could just as easily be imported again. I'm not sure what more 'import/export options' you'd need?!

Reply 1949 of 1953, by PerryRhodan

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HI rcblanke, I apologize if I rubbed you up the wrong way. I truly appreciate all the hard work you've put into DBGL, as it's definitely one of the best free frontends available for MS-DOS games. 😀

What is the tool you referred to for recreating the database? The only file I no longer have is the database.script file. I still have all the profiles, captures, and games folders, so is it still possible to rebuild the database and get all my games in DBGL back?

Thanks!
😀

Reply 1950 of 1953, by rcblanke

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That's cool, and I can fully imagine the awkward feeling, loosing a lot of work. Please contact me directly using the Vogons Private Messages system (the icon left from the 'Bell' in the top right) or by email, we need to exchange some data.

Ronald

Reply 1951 of 1953, by Cameo5767

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This is just an excellent piece of work. Everything works so far on an elderly Dell Optiplex running Arch Linux. I have a question on the GamePackArchives. Some are Demo, Freeware and Shareware. Are these accurate? If its a Shareware, is it still available for purchase? I see that Heretic can be purchased on GOG - is it the same one? I'm assuming there's a way to upload the full exe file from GOG. What I'm driving at is are the games really incomplete as compared to the ones bought. Sorry for the noob question.

Reply 1952 of 1953, by Neville

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> What I'm driving at is are the games really incomplete as compared to the ones bought. Sorry for the noob question.

Yes. The versions included in the game packs usually include the first episode (out of three, or six) of the complete game. That's how it usually worked back in the day, you downloaded or got from a computer magazine the "shareware" version, the one that was freely distributed, and if you liked it you ordered the full version for a fee.

Reply 1953 of 1953, by Cameo5767

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Neville wrote on 2024-02-29, 09:44:

> What I'm driving at is are the games really incomplete as compared to the ones bought. Sorry for the noob question.

Yes. The versions included in the game packs usually include the first episode (out of three, or six) of the complete game. That's how it usually worked back in the day, you downloaded or got from a computer magazine the "shareware" version, the one that was freely distributed, and if you liked it you ordered the full version for a fee.

Thanks so much for the clarification.