Is there a way to force the built-in scraper to use those directories?
No, there is no option for the built-in EmulationStation scraper to change the download location. If space is a concern, then you can symlink the downloaded_images folder to a folder on the external drive.
@simpleethat thanks for the info. Yeah, they are both 16x9, 1080 is 1920x1080 and 720p is 1366x768. I think everything is set to 1920x1080 on my pi currently. Hoping to find out if I have to change any settings to step down to 1366x768 (720p) for proper framing?
OK, so here's my scenario. I have an arcade cabinet and a pi installed (lets call it prod), but I'm also working on a second pi (lets call it dev). I don't have a separate monitor for the dev pi, but I can RDP into Pixel and SSH into command line on it. But I have no way of testing the RetroPi GUI remotely at the moment. So basically I'm looking for a way to run emulation station, or what I would be greeted with if I booted it up with it's own monitor.
Can it be done?
@emrecaglar if you need any help to set it up please let me know - I went through some of problems with this combo (it's a bit more problematic than RetroPie for Pi :)).
For sure you can change priviliges for config files as you won't be able to save any config in RetroArch:
sudo chmod -R 777 /opt/retropie/configs/
Please just be mindful that this way you give access to this files and folders to EVERYONE which means that if someone connects to your computer then it has full access to all files and folders in this path.
In my case it does not matter as I don't have constant network access to this device (it sits in arcade cab with no lan/wifi) so not much of a deal for me :)
Nobody here (of consequence) will hold your inexperience against you. It's just that most beginners' answers are already covered in the very comprehensive documentation of this site. In your case, the link that @dankcushions gave you leads to a page with a section called "Boot to EmulationStation“ which for its part links to the FAQ with exactly the instructions you ultimately needed.
A typical approach of many veterans not only in this community is to help others at helping themselves by pointing them in the right direction, but at the same time expecting them to do the (usually manageble) learning by themselves.
Just trying to calm the waves a little. Welcome to this forum, and have fun with RetroPie. 😁
(@dankcushions beat me about his link while I was typing this.)