> > http://www.progettosnaps.net/MESS/pS_MESS_category.zip > > That is pretty much all you need if you want to categorize the newly added stuff > from > > MESS. > > For a front-end to have to open and read through another file to create it's list of > arcade drivers is going to add a lot of extra I/O and take a lot longer. Not to > mention relying on the timely release of the file. Like Ciro said, it's a bummer.
Now that is silly. The file I linked to is 100kb TOTAL. Let's compare that to processing and I/O for other front-end items such as the .dat files (mameinfo.dat ~14mb), history.dat ~23mb). Front-Ends already need to deal with a very large MAME XML file (nearly 180mb!!). The extra second or two of processing/compare/filtering an existing list is frankly nothing in the grand scheme of things.