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Versatile C++ game scraper: Skyscraper

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    @mo418 Run this command from a command line terminal:

    sudo chown -R js $HOME/.skyscraper/*

    then re-try the scraping, I suspect there's a permissions problem.

  • @mitu

    Yup, success for creating folders! Scraping at the moment.

    Thanks a lot.

  • First I'd like to thank you @muldjord for this amazing tool, I love the way collections look tidy and neat with the same artwork styling, and how customizable is everything. I take it must be hard to deal with improvements and bugs, so my sincere admiration to you.

    I'm having problems scraping certain SNES roms from because they have added those as a different system (Nintendo Power). Same occurs with Satellaview for example, if one decides to have their collection as normal SNES games they won't be scraped. I've tried adding the --query "md5=..." or "sha1=..." but it doesn't work for those (NP or Satellaview), although it was useful for other difficult scrapes.
    After reading the documentation I don't see a way to scrape those roms from Skyscraper (using the latest as of now, 3.1.4). Any workarounds or hacks to have those parsed?

    Thanks very much in advance!

  • @victordg As it turns out, there are actually quite a few of these aliases. I've added the following:

        aliases.append("nintendo power");
        aliases.append("sufami turbo");
        aliases.append("snes - super mario world hacks");
        aliases.append("super nintendo msu-1");

    which will be available in 3.1.5 when it's released (no eta currently).

    If you want to add it in your current version you can just edit the platforms.cpp source code file and add the above lines to the aliases function. Just remember to compile it and install it afterwards, otherwise it'll just keep using your current version.

    EDIT: Actually I've decided to remove the platform check altogether when scraping from ScreenScraper. There's no real need for it as ScreenScraper always returns correct results since it checksum based.

  • @muldjord how will removing the platform check affect games that are found through name match and have multiple platform entries? Games launched by .sh or .conf files for example.

  • @muldjord Nice to know! Both ideas are perfect to me, actually I was also kind of expecting that the platform would be ignored when expliciting the rom hash with --query, so I totally agree to your approach, at least using there is no real need to match the platform since hashes are included for every game :) I'm too impatient though so I'll recompile with those aliases to see the NPs and Satellaviews right now :D

    Thumbs up for you @muldjord, Skyscraper is getting better and better.

    EDIT: Just to confirm that now it works as expected. Thanks again @muldjord!

  • @quicksilver said in Versatile C++ game scraper: Skyscraper:

    @muldjord how will removing the platform check affect games that are found through name match and have multiple platform entries? Games launched by .sh or .conf files for example.

    There is a potential chance that a search by romnom (file name) will return an entry for a different platform. And if this entry is "faulty" it will no longer be filtered out by the platform check. But I don't think it will anymore as I am complying exactly with the demands ScreenScraper have for their API calls these days. And that requires a parent system id to be part of the query. This is always prepended to the query, even when using --query. So any false positives should be avoided that way. Even with the platform check disabled.

  • Skyscraper 3.1.5 coming up in a few days. I had some leftover changes that are actually pretty cool, some minor additions as requested by users and some platform additions. And I've also added a --cache report:missing=<RESOURCE> option.

    I don't have much time for Skyscraper these days, so I want this stuff out there. I just need to do some testing over the coming days to make sure everything is still a-okay.

  • @muldjord Thanks for adding those two I submitted the ticket about. :)

  • @rkoster said in Versatile C++ game scraper: Skyscraper:

    @muldjord Thanks for adding those two I submitted the ticket about. :)

    You're welcome :)

  • Skyscraper 3.2.0 released:

    • Improved output of edit mode to show queue size and initial prioritized resources
    • Now clearly shows missing resources when adding resources in editing mode
    • Made '--cache vacuum' more verbose at verbosity level 2 or higher
    • Removed platform check for screenscraper module as it wasn't really necessary
    • Added 'videoSizeLimit' config variable (Thank you to 'silverfr0st' for suggesting this)
    • Now also processes brackets for skipped games (Thanks to 'hexive' for pointing this out)
    • Added 'arcadia' and 'astrocde' MESS platforms (Thank you to 'raphkoster' for suggesting these)
    • Added '--cache report:missing=<GROUP or RESOURCE1,2,...>' option (Thank you to JaymesRS for suggesting this)
    • Added '--fromfile' option allowing you to work on a subset of files taken from a file. Compatible with files created using the '--cache report' option
    • MobyGames module now includes 'platform' id query when relevant. Should improve result accuracy
    • Added region support for MobyGames cover artwork
    • Added A LOT of regions to region autodetection in general
    • Now no longer creates media folders when in resource gathering mode
    • Moved help texts for '--cache' options to '--cache help'

    Lots of interesting stuff in this release. The --cache edit function has been improved a bit to better show what resources are missing on each rom. I've also added a nifty --fromfile <FILENAME> option which allows you to add filenames, one per line, into a file and use it with this option. Skyscraper will then work on those files only. This brings me to the new --cache report:missing option which allows you to create file reports containing filenames of all files missing certain resources. When those are created you can then combine the edit option with the fromfile option and add the missing resources like so --cache edit --fromfile /home/pi/.skyscraper/reports/reportfile.txt.

    I've also improved region autodetection quite a bit. It will now detect pretty much all relevant regions and / or countries from the rom filename. Also added region support to mobygames covers!

    As for minor stuff, some new platforms were added and some requested features aswell. Check the list above for all of it.

    Let me know if you run into problems.

    Have fun!

  • @muldjord said in Versatile C++ game scraper: Skyscraper:

    new platforms were a

    @muldjord Thank you!

    I'm excited to now be able to scrape my PC Engine CD roms, as I was getting a "Platform not set" error before.

    Keep up the good work!

  • @A-Bored-Ninja This has not been addressed in this release. Otherwise it would have been part of the release notes, sorry. Or have you found some other way of doing it?

  • @muldjord I assumed that when you took the platform option out of screenscraper it would sort of resolve itself for me.

    Since I have a screenscraper account and get six threads that's always what I use.

    What I not benefit from the screenscraper platform removal?

  • @A-Bored-Ninja Ah, yes, that is correct. I thought you were talking about the "platform alias" option I have under consideration which is not yet implemented (and might not be as it a pretty big change for little gain).

  • Hi @muldjord, is it possible to "clean up" the media? Let's say I had a bunch of games that were scraped and looking good, but some time later they were deleted for being dupes, or I just didn't want them anymore. Is there an easy way to delete the media associated with those now deleted games without clearing all of the media folders and cache, and scraping everything again? And can the cache be emptied if the games already have their media in the media folders after generating the gsmelist? Because with the cache and media folders combined I believe there's a duplicate of every media file, correct? Thanks for the help.

  • @OldSchool Yes, but only from the cache. Please read the documentation for the --cache command here

    Particularly the --cache vacuum option.

    Concerning the ES media folder Skyscraper can't and won't keep track of what is in it. Remember that Skyscraper supports multiple frontends. Keeping track of all that is mindbogglingly difficult. But as long as you haven't made manual changes and kept your Skyscraper cache, you can just delete the media folder and regenerate the gamelist and media files. Then it will be "clean" again.

  • @muldjord Great! Appreciate the reply.

  • Found a bug in my mobygames cover download code that could result in an endless loop. 3.2.1 just released with this fixed, please update.

  • Skyscraper 3.2.2 released:

    • Added 'bat' scripts to sha1 special handling list (please purge platforms using 'bat' files and rescrape)
    • Now discards 'ZZZ(notgame)' results from ScreenScraper
    • Fixed double-quote issue when reading titles from scummvm.ini
    • Made location of scummvm.ini configurable in config.ini
    • Fixed bug in roman and integer numeral conversion functions
    • Rewrote the entire 'screenscraper' module to use JSON instead of XML

    Fixed some bugs and rewrote the ScreenScraper module from the ground up. I checked out their JSON response format and decided it was a lot cleaner to work with than the XML format. Obviously, with a total rewrite, there can be issues. I've tested it both with unregistered use and with registered use and haven't found any issues beyond what would have happened when using the XML format.

    Let me know if you run into problems.

    Have fun!

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