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I need a little help understanding how to import the exoDos release into Launchbox correctly.

I know that it is supposed to be a self contained DosBox/ScummVM launcher with LB included but I already have an existing LB/BB installation with MAME and Consoles.

Can someone please either direct me to a guide for:

1) which build I need to use to selectively install only the games I want (lite or full ver. 5)

2) how to import them into LB/BB correctly (I'm fine getting all the metadata and box art etc later using LB and Emu databases)

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On 4/7/2021 at 2:39 PM, eXo said:

That's an old link. V5 is out now. Our discord has pinned posts on how to merge eXoDOS with existing LB installs.

Hope this is not too much of a bother, but I can't seem to find the pinned posts in question. I try searching, but I come up blank. Might be because english is not my first language, and I'm not all that technical.

Could you provide me with a direct link to the topic or explain how I can find it? Thank you.

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sure.

To merge your eXoDOS v5 launchbox files into an existing launchbox installation, do the following:

First: 
Run setup.bat

Second: 
copy .\data\platforms\MS-DOS.xml from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
copy .\data\playlists\* .xml from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\Manuals\MS-DOS\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\Music\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\Plugins\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\Images\MS-DOS\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\eXo\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder

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On 7/8/2021 at 10:21 PM, eXo said:

sure.

To merge your eXoDOS v5 launchbox files into an existing launchbox installation, do the following:

First: 
Run setup.bat

Second: 
copy .\data\platforms\MS-DOS.xml from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
copy .\data\playlists\* .xml from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\Manuals\MS-DOS\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\Music\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\Plugins\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\Images\MS-DOS\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\eXo\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder

Hey, thanks for the quick and helpful reply :). 
One question though, is it safe to do any changes in launchbox? For instance naming the MS-DOS platform to eXoDOS?, or adding any other executables as new versions? (For instance adding fan modded games as extra executables/gog versions etc).
I'm thinking more like in a "future proofing" sense. So that when the next exodos comes out I don't have to overwrite the xml file again, removing all the games I have added to the MS-DOS platform.

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Renaming the platform is likely going to break metadata links to the game images. This is a bug I've noticed with launchbox. If you change a games platform, it loses its images. So I imagine if you rename an entire platform, something similar would occur.

You can add any games you like, but you are correct that a new eXoDOS version will want to overwrite the old one.

Might be better to add those other games as a different platform?

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16 minutes ago, eXo said:

Renaming the platform is likely going to break metadata links to the game images. This is a bug I've noticed with launchbox. If you change a games platform, it loses its images. So I imagine if you rename an entire platform, something similar would occur.

You can add any games you like, but you are correct that a new eXoDOS version will want to overwrite the old one.

Might be better to add those other games as a different platform?

Guess I can add the gog versions as MS-DOS (GOG), and the patched/modded versions of games as something else.
I'm a bit unsure what to do with street rod online though, I could make it as an "additional app" for street rod/street rod 2.

Not sure if you are familiar with it? Might be worth adding to exo. (Just a suggestion, I am not trying to tell you what to do, you know best).
Basically a guy bought the license for the street rod games, and got a hold of some data disks that were "lost to time/hard to come by" from ebay. These are original and official disks for street rod that replaced all the cars in street rod 1 with new ones.
So now he has released for free all the street rod games + the version with the new cars as fully working windows versions with controller support and everything. (I do believe they run through dosbox though).

Since he owns the license it is an "official game", and since the extra cars were released for dos back in the day (just in a very small hard to come by quantity), they are actual old non pirated dos games. So as far as I can see they fit with the exo vision.
(https://www.streetrodonline.com/)
 

Here is a video with proof of the data disks existance: 

 

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I would suggest joining my discord channel and posting these games to my submission channel. I'm happy to include them, I just have to get them in my queue

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5 minutes ago, eXo said:

I would suggest joining my discord channel and posting these games to my submission channel. I'm happy to include them, I just have to get them in my queue

Sure, will do in the morrow, it's late here. Thanks again for the help.

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On 7/8/2021 at 2:21 PM, eXo said:

sure.

To merge your eXoDOS v5 launchbox files into an existing launchbox installation, do the following:

First: 
Run setup.bat

Second: 
copy .\data\platforms\MS-DOS.xml from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
copy .\data\playlists\* .xml from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\Manuals\MS-DOS\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\Music\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\Plugins\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\Images\MS-DOS\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder
move .\eXo\*.* from the exodos folder to your launchbox folder

As I already have most of my platforms setup already, is there anyway to leave my exodos games in the same place I downloaded them?  For instance, would I be able to edit an xml file or game path and point Launchbox to exodos' current location without having to move the 500GB in games to the Launchbox installation folder?

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13 hours ago, hbk4ever said:

point Launchbox to exodos' current location without having to move the 500GB in games to the Launchbox installation folder?

In your Exodus Platform, select all the games (click one of them, then press Ctrl+A).  Then click Tools, and select Change ROMs Folder Path for Selected Games.

 

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11 hours ago, JoeViking245 said:

In your Exodus Platform, select all the games (click one of them, then press Ctrl+A).  Then click Tools, and select Change ROMs Folder Path for Selected Games.

 

Thank you sir.  I didn't know Launchbox would interpret DOS games as rom files.  Thank you for your help regarding my noob issue.

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