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AzureKnight

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ROMLister and Mala
« on: June 14, 2016, 02:06:47 pm »
I'm finally getting around to making some good menus/game lists.

I currently have a "master list" of games in a Mala game list.

I would like to use ROMLister to create a bunch of sub-lists.  I've never used ROMLister before, but I know from reading it can create Mala Lists.

What I want to know, is there any way to use my current Mala Master list as my Input XML file for ROMLister.  I'd rather not have to start over with the full list of ROMs if I can help it....is there any converter or way to do this?

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Re: ROMLister and Mala
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2016, 02:56:09 pm »
Hijacking my own thread:

I found this in another topic

I'm not sure if this is helpful or not, but it appears that romlister can use XML files from other projects, some of which may have the data you're looking for.
I found one for intellivision for example that looks like this:

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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<datafile>
    <header>
        <name>ProjectMESS export file</name>
        <description>ProjectMESS export file</description>
    </header>
    <game name="4tris">
        <description>4-Tris (Download Version)</description>
        <year>2000</year>
        <manufacturer>IntelligentVision</manufacturer>
        <rom name="4-tris.50" size="16384" crc="b91488e2"
sha1="d3d1ea456991a5dd71804f62f59e88debd9cd86f" />
    </game>

I was able to use it as the main input and then output a full games list to Mala.
I did not attempt (yet) to load the list into mala, but we could definitely make it work if this is useful.
If you find any kind of raw XML input, like some of the hyperspin XMLs for other systems that do not work, let me know and I'll see what I can do.


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FWIW, I just added a Mala list to XML converter to romlister which has been really lightly tested.
I would love it if a few others might give it a shot to see if it work for them and report back.  I don't want to derail your thread though. (sorry!)

http://www.waste.org/~winkles/ROMLister/RomLister32.zip

1. Run the program. Go to settings/Tools
2. Have a full merged XML file as your input file.
3. Click the Mala2XML button at the bottom.
4. Browse to *.mlg list
5. Enter new XML filename
6. New XML file should now have only roms from mala gamelist
7. romlister will set this new XML file as your main input XML.
8. On the main romlister screen, press "List all roms"
9. Select all roms in that list popup and right-click->add to my list
10. Output this new list as attract mode or any other front end you wish!

I am trying it now!

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Re: ROMLister and Mala
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2016, 03:24:23 pm »
When I tried to open the .mlg file I got the following:

Error opening input xml file for reading!?

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Re: ROMLister and Mala
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2016, 03:56:08 pm »
That error was on me, I wasn't merging the master file first correctly.  I did that and tried again to merge in the Mala file and the ROMLister crashed.

The next time I tried yet again, same thing.

So I unchecked everything from the checkboxes and tried again and it worked....kind of.  I have a new xml file but none of the searches are finding anything so I'm not sure if the catver/controls files I found online are working right.  As I said, I'm a newbie on ROMLister.  I'll tinker and keep posting here if I find anything more.  I'm sure the issue is me/my data not the program.

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Re: ROMLister and Mala
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2016, 04:34:26 pm »
I think the issue was just on me and what checkboxes I was using.  After the initial crashes it seems to be working now.  I'll tinker a lot more.

Thanks NOP!

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Re: ROMLister and Mala
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2016, 03:59:34 pm »
Sorry I have been out of reach for a couple weeks now and unable to help you, but it seems like you've got things sorted...
let me know if you need anything more and this time I can be more responsive.

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Re: ROMLister and Mala
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2016, 02:50:43 am »
I have converted a few Hyperlist files with much success. I have an updated SCUMMVM that way.

  
 

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