> This was a requested feature. What happens is that some FEs need a "physical address"
> (aka, the full path to a zip/7z file) to be able to find the game and make it
> available. Many CHDs and TTLs were not being found by the FE I use and some users
> complained about that, so I added this feature and now all those games can be played
> normally and all artwork and metadata is being parsed for them as well.
> This is only necessary with a few FEs though. My program takes in account the MAME
> internal info (via -listxml) first and foremost and really does not rely on dummy
> roms to create lists at all! But the option is there just for when a FE do need a
> companion zip/7z file.
So grow a spine and tell these users that it isn't your problem, and that they should complain directly to the authors of the frontends that they use, because the authors should fix their frontends. You shouldn't be encouraging this sort of attitude among users.