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Importing a full MAME Software (not ROM) Set without configuring each platform


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Yo folks,

New to LaunchBox so sorry if this is stupid. Since the integration of MESS into MAME, there is now a full 'Software' set of ROMs and CHDs (about 2.1TB) that are playable in MAME. This includes oodles and oodles of old console systems from things I have heard of (Like the Commodore 64 or the Sega CD), and then many more which I have no idea about (like a system called 'svi318_cart'). I could sit and google each one, and configure the platform before importing the set for that system, but there are 541 (five hundred and forty-one) different systems and variants in this set, making this task herculean.

How do I import them all in one sweep? Ideally each system would have a different 'platform' in LaunchBox/BigBox with the variants (e.g. c64_cart, c64_cass, c64_flop) consolidated into one platform in the interface.

Thanks!!

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This is not something that is supported directly with pre-populated command lines or the software lists in the full set importer.

While Mame is amazing at arcade emulation and is very good at some console / computer system emulation it is generally not the way we would recommend emulating those systems outside of a small selection of edge cases where Mame is the only truly viable option over other emulator options.

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Also bear in mind that where a MAME software system has games in various formats such as cartridge, cassette and floppy disk formats, or has multiple software lists it's not a simple matter to "consolidate" them into a single Platform due to the Default Parameters required by MAME.
You would need to either create different Platforms for each format, or go with a single Platform using Default Parameters for the majority of games that use a particular media or software list type amd use Custom Parameters for the other formats.

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Thanks for the replies guys.

37 minutes ago, Lordmonkus said:

This is not something that is supported directly with pre-populated command lines or the software lists in the full set importer.

Sad! Is there documentation available around how I can write to the internal LaunchBox configs? I'm sure I could whip something up that at least creates the skeleton of each platform and directory if I could write this into .ini or via commandline.

 

2 minutes ago, spycat said:

You would need to either create different Platforms for each format, or go with a single Platform using Default Parameters for the majority of games that use a particular media or software list type amd use Custom Parameters for the other formats.

The latter option is probably preferable, as most games for a given system/platform were only distributed via a single format. Effectively, it would be multiple 'paths' for different formats within each platform.

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