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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 / 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 ?

Help / Dumb Newbie Question
« on: May 07, 2020, 07:10:21 AM »
Hi All,

I'm new to RetroFE and just trying to get my head around editing the layout.xml files etc. So sorry if this is a dumb question
I've got some menus up and running and am using the "Aeon Nox" layout files. And have figured out how to define images etc, But not the Video ? IE on the front page you have a split video using video_overlay.png. But it plays the same video in both the large box and the smaller one to the left.  But how does it know to play system_artwork/video.pm4 in these 2 boxes ? And can I get it to play a different video in each box.

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