>> you do know that what you says is *exactly* what MESS already does?
maybe you shall check what you're talking about, before posting
What is it then people who want it "separated" are complaining about?
True, I didn't see much of MESS code, except those terrible "#IFDEF MESS" patches all over MAME source code, that's all I base my assumptions on, glad to stand corrected, but I think that is exactly kind of stuff that should be separated and what people are really complaining about.
>> how is that a problem, when people capable of compiling a combined exe can already do it?
I guess that is the question that needs answering first, what exactly is the problem? I thought "separatists" are complaining about stuff like "#IFDEF MESS" directives mingling with MAME code. If not that, I don't see what else, it's just a matter of compiler options then, as you say, & making it "official" or "more standardized" as NLS says.