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Old 27 November 2021, 15:50   #1
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WHDLoad collection ordered by year?

I'd like to have an alternative ordered by release year, not name. Any ideas on how to do it without sorting every single game manually?


It's possible using Mega AGS image (it has in-built filters), but I'd prefer having my own collection (a bunch of "1986", "1987", etc, drawers in WB), without going through this or any other frontend.
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Old 27 November 2021, 18:31   #2
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with a whdload installed games tree and a small python script I think this can be done in a few minutes.

yes it is easy. and it's done

git repository containing the sort_whdgame_per_year.py script here: https://github.com/jotd666/amiga68ktools

script uses whdload_slave.py which is also in the repository.

Note that some old slaves haven't been updated to include the "info" part and manual move will be required on 200+ old slaves. Damn.

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2375 games found, 22 years ranging from 1985 to 2019
243 too old slaves
that is the result of the run on a copy of whdload xmas cd

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Many thanks for looking into it. But I'm a complete noob when it comes to python, not quite sure what to do. I downloaded the whole git and tried the sort_whdgame_per_year.py but it closes immediately upon starting.

I'm pretty sure I do have python installed, but what else should I do?
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you need to have "whdload_slave.py" in the same folder. It's in "lib" directory.

Then it's a command line tool (command line / shell). No GUI.

sort_whdgame_per_year.py root/dir/of/your/whdload/games new_root_dir

There's also a "-t" option (test, do nothing). Try that first

There's also a "-c" option (copy, don't move) for instance if you're working from a read only media. This copies so it's longer. But will preserve input dir
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Sorry, only had time to come back to this now. Thanks again for the advice.

I've tried to do it with: .\sort_whdgame_per_year.py h:\WHDL h:\WHDL\sorted

This is using Win 10 Powershell. When I press enter, a window opens, parses something very quickly (too quick to read, though I glimpsed "move manually") and closes. There's nothing in "sorted" dir.

h:\WHDL has all my WHDLoad A-Z directories with unpacked game directories inside. I also put sort_whdgame_per_year.py & whdload_slave.py in there.

Anything you could see I'm doing wrong here?
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Old 02 December 2021, 21:27   #6
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Making progress though

Well, don't use powershell, use normal dos command prompt. You'll get the output in the
current window

"move manually" is the message that is printed when the date could not be found. Surprising that nothing could be detected as a date though. Post your findings
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Ok, so we can read it now.



This is just a part of it, but the pattern is the same throughout, the same few error messages are repeated. And as you can see only a fraction of the whole collection has been parsed.

It is indeed old, I think I downloaded it in July 2019.
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oh I see. Needs to be more tolerant and also robust, and mostly I have broken the tool when I added the test mode so nothing could be processed, like AT ALL ...

this is now fixed. Get the new version on my github.
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great. That is the last issue. Please check the update
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Thanks a million...I really appreciate it!

The other reason it wasn't parsing all the stuff is because some of the games weren't unpacked, which I've just realized now. That's ok, I think I will first grab the latest WHDLoad anyway, unpack it, and then run your script on it.
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