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    xgal high scores

    Hello,

    I am using a poor man's install with a home directory in an ext2fs partition and I have noticed that the xgal high scores (in ~/.xgalscores) are lost after rebooting.
    What happens?

    Bye,
    Gencho

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    Gencho,

    Interesting, I never really noticed this...

    I have a hard drive installed "Kanotix" install, which is a "hybrid" version of Knoppix, and, it appears, that on my system, the high scores are kept in two places, neither of these two places appears to have anything "visible" in them, other than the name of the player, probably using ASCII values for the scores, and thus, would need to be viewed under a HEX editor, instead of a TEXT editor, but...

    the two files I located, are:
    ~/home/[user]/.xgalscores
    and
    /var/games/xgalaga_scores

    I would take it, that, newer versions of the game, resolved to using a "global" location for the high scores tables, instead of the "private" /home location for them, and, if your operating system evaporates every location but your /home area, i.e. the /var location, those high scores, found in the /var/games folder, get eliminated during your reboot - my best guess here

    I am not sure if "newer" versions of XGalaga are even "using" the /home file, and may only be using the /var location file, and thus, even copying the /var/games file into your own "saved" /home location will help in retention of those high scores ? It could be a good test, and, heck, if it works, might get your scores retained ? You might try to "copy" the /var/game/xgalaga_scores file into your /home location, and then rename it as .xgalscores and then, reboot to see if your scores are retained ? ( just as a test ) -=- I am guessing, it wont work, the game is probably given up on the /home file location, and is probably only using the /var/games location alone, but, its worth a try

    Hope this helps,
    Ms. Cuddles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuddles
    the two files I located, are:
    ~/home/[user]/.xgalscores
    and
    /var/games/xgalaga_scores

    I would take it, that, newer versions of the game, resolved to using a "global" location for the high scores tables, instead of the "private" /home location for them, and, if your operating system evaporates every location but your /home area, i.e. the /var location, those high scores, found in the /var/games folder, get eliminated during your reboot - my best guess here
    Actually the first file contrains the personal high scores and the second one contains the "Global High Scores" (it is lost/reset after rebooting). Maybe that is the reason xgal resets the lpersonal high scores file too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gencho
    Quote Originally Posted by Cuddles
    the two files I located, are:
    ~/home/[user]/.xgalscores
    and
    /var/games/xgalaga_scores

    I would take it, that, newer versions of the game, resolved to using a "global" location for the high scores tables, instead of the "private" /home location for them, and, if your operating system evaporates every location but your /home area, i.e. the /var location, those high scores, found in the /var/games folder, get eliminated during your reboot - my best guess here
    Actually the first file contrains the personal high scores and the second one contains the "Global High Scores" (it is lost/reset after rebooting). Maybe that is the reason xgal resets the lpersonal high scores file too.
    Hmmm, then maybe my idea of creating a script that copies that "global" high score table to your /home location (before rebooting), and then another script that copies it back to the "global" area, may work, or may be a good test for someone who runs the Live CD, and has a Persistant Home ?????

    Just some ideas,
    Ms. Cuddles

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