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Help / Re: Roms not being scanned on 1 menu
« on: May 24, 2020, 09:30:23 AM »
ok, problem solved, I deleted the Playlist folder, so It would auto recreate it, and it now shows all my roms as expected.  :)

General Discussion & Help / Conditional Sub Collections ?
« on: May 23, 2020, 10:59:14 PM »
Not sure if I've got the right approach, So thought I'd ask the question before doing anymore work.

I have created my collections so far like this.

First level menu menu has the following:

I have only setup Arcade so far and inside Arcade I have another set of menu's as follows:

Then if I open "all" it lists all available roms, but any of the options create another Menu list IE Genre then has a list of Genres
Etc. (I currently have setup 26 of these)
and in Each Genre I have a .sub file referencing the "All Arcade" rom set and this all works very nicely and creates the break down I like.
But I end up with a huge amount of folders inside Collections and they are all flat.
So what I'm wanting to know a few  things
1. Is this the correct approach  ?
2. Do I have to create a folder inside Collections for every ".sub" file I create ?
3. If I want to repeat this same menu approach for my consoles will I have to create an a folder for each genre for each console, at the moment if just create another .sub file, It makes a merged collection. But is it possible to in the layout file to have a variable or parameter etc that knows that I have  come from Atari 2600 menu and just use just the atart2600.sub rather than all the subfiles within the genre collection folder ?

Help / Re: Roms not being scanned on 1 menu
« on: May 23, 2020, 10:22:47 PM »
Thanks, walknight I'll give that a try. But I did have other issues that were annoying me in Ubuntu, the controller was like the last straw... but I do like the idea of having a separate control ini file for the controls

Help / Re: Roms not being scanned on 1 menu
« on: May 23, 2020, 10:19:43 PM »
Sorry attach my Ubuntu setting file not my windows one, try that again, This is the setting file from my windows setup

Help / Re: Roms not being scanned on 1 menu
« on: May 23, 2020, 05:37:33 AM »
I have attached my Setting file, for that menu

Feature Requests / Suggestions / Re: Audit log report
« on: May 23, 2020, 05:33:08 AM »
yeah agreed. took awhile to figure out what was going on tho. Will lots of help from the forum etc

Help / Roms not being scanned on 1 menu
« on: May 22, 2020, 11:33:41 PM »
Hi All, I have been working away setting  up  RetroFE on Ubuntu. As I thought this might be a good option for the cabinet i was creating. But I'm having so many issues with MAME resetting my joysticks settings back to default, I've decided to give up and go back to using Windows.

So I installed RetroFE on windows and copied over my collections and layouts from my setup in Ubuntu, and edited the various settings files for the different change in paths etc everything is working as except for 1 menu. For some reason my "All Arcade" wont display any Roms even tho I have the correct path in the settings file, all my other menus for my console roms work fine. And the weird thing is that the all the Arcade "sub menus" menus I have created work as expected to.

So from my log file I can see it scans my MAME roms folder

[2020-05-23 10:23:14] [INFO] [CollectionInfoBuilder] Checking for "Z:\RetroFE_Data\collections\1 All Arcade\include.txt"
[2020-05-23 10:23:14] [INFO] [CollectionInfoBuilder] Scanning directory "Z:/Common/Roms/mame219"

And doesn't so an error or anything, but displays nothing in the menu.
Then I open a sub folder and you can see from my log file that it scan based on the ".sub" file

[2020-05-23 10:23:30] [INFO] [CollectionInfoBuilder] Checking for "Z:\RetroFE_Data\collections\1.2 Ball & Paddle Games\include.txt"
[2020-05-23 10:23:30] [INFO] [CollectionInfoBuilder] Scanning directory "Z:\RetroFE_Data\collections\1.2 Ball & Paddle Games\roms"
[2020-05-23 10:23:30] [INFO] [CollectionInfoBuilder] Could not read directory "Z:\RetroFE_Data\collections\1.2 Ball & Paddle Games\roms". Ignore if this is a menu.
[2020-05-23 10:23:30] [INFO] [RetroFE] Loading subcollection into menu: 1 All Arcade
[2020-05-23 10:23:30] [INFO] [CollectionInfoBuilder] Checking for "Z:\RetroFE_Data\collections\1.2 Ball & Paddle Games\1 All Arcade.sub"
[2020-05-23 10:23:30] [INFO] [CollectionInfoBuilder] Scanning directory "Z:/Common/Roms/mame219"

My roms are displayed as expected in the menu and when I select one it launches correctly

[2020-05-23 10:23:30] [INFO] [RetroFE] Loading playlist: lastplayed
[2020-05-23 10:23:33] [INFO] [SDL] DeInitializing
[2020-05-23 10:23:34] [INFO] [RetroFE] Updating lastplayed playlist
[2020-05-23 10:23:34] [INFO] [Collection] Saving Z:\RetroFE_Data\collections\1.2 Ball & Paddle Games\playlists/lastplayed.txt
[2020-05-23 10:23:34] [INFO] [Launcher] Checking to see if "Z:/Common/Roms/mame219\" exists  [Yes]
[2020-05-23 10:23:34] [INFO] [Launcher] Attempting to launch: "C:\Users\spyph\Mame0219\mame64.exe" "arkanoid"
[2020-05-23 10:23:34] [INFO] [Launcher]      from within folder: C:\Users\spyph\Mame0219
[2020-05-23 10:23:42] [INFO] [Launcher] Completed

So I'm very confused as to why the "all" menu doesn't work ? I have tried swapping around the / to \ etc and it didn't make any difference. Can anyone please help ?

Feature Requests / Suggestions / Re: Audit log report
« on: May 17, 2020, 09:03:17 PM »
I tried that, still no luck still has the error DB locked, But I have moved the app from being on my NAS to being on the local HD and mapped the "data" folders only to the NAS and it now works as expected and the meta.db file can be deleted and it rebuilds its self from the XML files etc on startup.

So it's some weird permissions issue with having the meta.db file on the NAS rather than the local drive. It's odd that RetroFE can create the file and write to the log file correctly on the NAS, but it can't open the for write access the Meta.db file

Feature Requests / Suggestions / Re: Audit log report
« on: May 16, 2020, 11:49:53 PM »
ok, deleted meta.db and log file, so a nice fresh log file. but I don't think it's even trying to load the xml files. It errors out saying the db is locked

Feature Requests / Suggestions / Re: Audit log report
« on: May 16, 2020, 10:16:40 AM »
here is my log file. Could this be a linux permissions issues ? I see it has an number of import errors in the log file

Feature Requests / Suggestions / Re: Audit log report
« on: May 16, 2020, 09:50:27 AM »
when I delete the file and reopen , RetroFE won't launch to past the opening movie. I get this error in the the log file
[2020-05-16 17:09:06] [ERROR] [Metadata] Unable to create Metadata table. Error: database is locked
[2020-05-16 17:09:06] [ERROR] [RetroFE] Could not initialize meta database
[2020-05-16 17:09:06] [INFO] [Layout] Initialized
[2020-05-16 17:09:12] [INFO] [SDL] DeInitializing
[2020-05-16 17:09:13] [INFO] [RetroFE] Exiting

It creates a new meta.db file but it is zero bytes in size ?

Feature Requests / Suggestions / Re: Audit log report
« on: May 16, 2020, 06:27:45 AM »
OK, so that's where that information is coming from. I'm just trying to tidy up my roms and sometimes I'm finding that it's really hard to actually tell the name of the rom that its going to open. At the moment if I'm unsure I open the rom then quit retroFE and the check the log file, which is a very slow process, if I could display the actual rom name the process would be much quicker, but I would only need to do this occasionally.  So not worth your time to update the code to add this feature

So that now brings me to my next question, When and how is the Meta.db created ? it doesn't appear to have been updated in my build since I did the original install. So it's not reading in any changes that I make to the xml files in the meta folder ?  Do I have to force an update somehow ?

Feature Requests / Suggestions / Re: RetroFE on slow storage media
« on: May 14, 2020, 09:59:54 PM »
that must be really slow drive, I have my whole RetroFE artwork and also emulator rom stored on a NAS and connecting to it via Wifi and don't see any slow down on the menu, except when it doesn't find any media for the rom, it does pause a little while it must be trying to locate everything required etc

General Discussion & Help / Re: Playlist Menu?
« on: May 14, 2020, 09:19:37 PM »
So how did you manage to get the playlists working ? And where did you find those images ? They look great

Feature Requests / Suggestions / Re: Audit log report
« on: May 14, 2020, 09:12:05 AM »
ok, all good, know you're hard at work.  Just wondering how to get the actual rom name displayed on a layout. but I can't see a this as a text parameter in the documentation. I know the system must know what it is, as it passes it as a parameter to the launcher etc. but can't find what "tag" I should be using to get it to display.  This would help me with some manual debugging, rather than having to go back to the log file every change etc

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