> > > 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
> > 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.
From another perspective: A million people downloading and running a 100kb file is a lot of ticks and IO. Versus a 5 minute code change. Seems silly to me but not looking for an argument, I will always support MAME.