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Old 31 August 2020, 00:32   #1
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JOTD sources on github

Just to say that I finally took the time to sort out sources & install packs for my whdload slaves (or slaves I took on after original author ceased to maintain it or whatever) and put them in my github

Most source code is already in the whdload .lha installs, but there it's easier to see changes and directly read the code

It was done originally for my personal use, but I made it public anyway

https://github.com/jotd666/whdload_slaves

some sources are still missing, but I'm going to sort them out step by step. The bulk is here.
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Old 31 August 2020, 01:35   #2
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Fantastic. I find myself downloading archive after archive for slave sources just to find specific ways of how authors did things. This coupled with Github's search should make things a lot easier.

Thanks jotd!
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Old 21 September 2020, 07:46   #4
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and it's not over yet.
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Old 05 October 2020, 22:52   #5
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Just to say that I finally took the time to sort out sources & install packs for my whdload slaves (or slaves I took on after original author ceased to maintain it or whatever) and put them in my github

Most source code is already in the whdload .lha installs, but there it's easier to see changes and directly read the code

It was done originally for my personal use, but I made it public anyway

https://github.com/jotd666/whdload_slaves

some sources are still missing, but I'm going to sort them out step by step. The bulk is here.
Are you planning to upload any of the source code for your JST installs Jeff? Just curious to know if you still have all or any of it. Ralf sent me a CD with his JST installs on it many moons ago, which might have included the source to his installs. I just chucked the CD in to check it, but sadly it's unreadable on both my laptop PC and A1200. I will have to try another drive on my A1200 to see if I have better luck. Have to wonder if Keith still has all his source code from the JST days. I should drop him an email to ask. He's been strangely absent from EAB for quite some time now.

Anyway, I also found a CD that you sent me in mid-2000 of the JST/WHD installs & other games you had on your A1200 hard drive, but it doesn't include any of your source code. Bummer - it would've been interesting to have had a look at some of your old source!

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I could dig a few JST sources. It's a mess but it also contains Keith (Abaddon) early JST work.

And at least Lotus versions are all supported in the JST install (including CD32 images )

I didn't bother to put them on github. My dropbox will be enough https://www.dropbox.com/s/rqo1htv74z...ource.zip?dl=0
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Good stuff Jeff! I think you underestimate the value and contribution you (and patchers like Keith and Ralf) made with JST and the many HD installers created. The fact that people still use it now - 25 years later - speaks volumes, no??!!

I reckon you should post a PayPal button on your JST webpage for anyone who wants to make a donation, so they can thank you for all the hard work you put into developing JST in the 90s or for any development you do on JST in the future. People could donate what you used to charge for JST registration in the old days - USD$10, £5, 20DM / 50FF (~10 EUR). I know I would pay to register JST again if I could! God knows it would be much easier this time around with PayPal - I'm pretty sure I sent you cash (50FF??) in the mail to register JST way back when!!! Good days and great memories....
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aha thanks, yes it was great, even if whdload conception is 1000% better. I may have the registered people list (50FF all right) but I don't remember everyone . My old JST page is now dead. I don't have the password anymore and they could turn it off anytime. It just stays...

About the contribution, some people have adapted my JST installs (from source code) to whdload without crediting me, I'm pretty much sure of that at least for one particular game. But it doesn't matter much. In 2001, Harry came out with a set of macros to convert JST source to whdload. It was an idea of a genius (like most of Harry work BTW) and I could convert a lot of slaves very quickly. but the source sucked and I've properly converted them to real whdload source since.

About paypal donation, I could add a link on my current webpage. I already have one for Gods remake and it got me 40 euro total since the start
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About the contribution, some people have adapted my JST installs (from source code) to whdload without crediting me, I'm pretty much sure of that at least for one particular game. But it doesn't matter much. In 2001, Harry came out with a set of macros to convert JST source to whdload. It was an idea of a genius (like most of Harry work BTW) and I could convert a lot of slaves very quickly. but the source sucked and I've properly converted them to real whdload source since.
Yep, Harry is a bloody genius (he worked on some of the hardest WHD patches in the early days).....I remember him helping Mr. Larmer, back in the day, work out some obscure bug on my A3000 occurring with the WHD patch of SOTB 2/3. All Harry had to work with was my email description of the problem because none of the WHD guys or testers had an A3000, and I couldn't produce a coredump to help with diagnosis as the bug caused the A3000 to lock-up. Mr. Larmer was stumped for months, but Harry gave him a clue and Mr. Larmer bugfixed the patch 100% on his first go at it. Awesome!

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Just do it Jeff!

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without WinUAE (at least in the state that it's in now) it was really difficult to diagnose & fix those games. A lot of amiga crashes & lockups without any explanation, no save states,... tough times (but fun)
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Yes, it was much easier being a games supplier/tester back then than a patcher! That's why I have great deal of respect for the early JST/WHDLoad patchers, regardless of whether they're still active or not.

It would be magnificent, though, if guys like Ralf, Achim, Sven, Girv and Pavel made a return (even if temporarily) to do a patch or two now. They might be surprised at how much times have changed with, as you said, the help of emulation, save states etc. for the purposes of coding patches and bugfixing slaves.
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