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Re: [Bug-gnubg] Designing backgammon boards via GnuBG

From: Tom Martin
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] Designing backgammon boards via GnuBG
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:58:09 -0700 (PDT)

Tom Martin wrote:
Michael Petch wrote:
On 11/04/2011 1:25 PM, Tom Martin wrote: > You might try using "Export" to do this, but I wasn't able to get that to > work with Windows. Instead, I carefully edit the file containing the > designs. With Windows, the file is "\Documents and > Settings\\.gnubg\boards.xml". Coincidentally I believe the import/export board designs may work on windows now. It seems you couldn't import/export from/to the GNUGB path because the standard path has spaces in it. Can you try the latest windows build on gnubg.org and let me know if it works for you now? -- Michael Petch CApp::Sysware Consulting Ltd. OpenPGP FingerPrint=D81C 6A0D 987E 7DA5 3219 6715 466A 2ACE 5CAE 3304 _______________________________________________ Bug-gnubg mailing list address@hidden http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/bug-gnubg
Thanks, Michael - the Export function works fine now. When I reimport a board, the name gets changed to "User Defined", but I assume I just need to delete and readd it with the proper name.
I haven't been able to do exhaustive testing, but I thought I'd post these notes because it may be awhile before I can do so. Testing with a single copy of GnuBG failed to recreate the purge of the file, so I think it likely happened when I was using two copies of the program and was updating from both windows without always refreshing the view of boards.xml by exiting and returning to Settings. Using two windows is a valuable technique, but avoid doing updates from both of them. Also, DO NOT attempt to update either boards.xml file directly - always use export/import or delete/add. When doing the latter (typically when changing the name or resequencing), always delete before adding, because problems can otherwise occur. So do Update, then Remove, then Add. I verified that erratic behavior occurs consistently after around 25 private boards have been loaded, but it seems to more depend on the size of the file, where 44K is about the limit. After that, updates fail to work and other strange things are seen. Before deleting boards to make room for new entries, you can use Export to save them for future Import.

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