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Re: [Bug-XBoard] Gpsshogi don't work

From: Sam Daille
Subject: Re: [Bug-XBoard] Gpsshogi don't work
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2019 08:27:30 +0200

Thanks, I misunderstood the UCI/USI problem, now it's clearer.

I installed uci2wb (and sjaakii and shokidoki), but the problem remains : when I changed the lines -adapterCommand -uxiAdapter on my .xboardrc (by the prompt command or in hand), gpshsogi or shokidoki don't work (but sjakii work without this change, and it plays better than gnushogi indeed ^_^).

I noticed that in the .xboardrc there wasn't first an -uxiAdapter line, so maybe this line is useless ? Or maybe there is another problem in the settings ?

I joined you a copy of my .xboardrc, it may help.

Le mar. 9 juil. 2019 à 17:43, <address@hidden> a écrit :
Neither Stockfish nor GPS Shogi support XBoard protocol; they can only be
used on XBoard with the aid of an adapter. Stockfish communicates in UCI,
and GPS Shogi in USI. The UCI2WB adapter can handle both these protocols.
So to use these engines you have to

1) install uci2wb on your computer,
2) make sure xboard is configured to use UCI2WB as adapter rather than
3) use the -fUCI or -fUSI options when starting XBoard from the command
line, (e.g. "xboard -fcp stockfish -fUCI"), or tick the UCI or USI/UCCI
checkbox when you embed the engine through the Load Engine dialog.

To make sure step (2) is realized you could open the .xboardrc file (where
the user settings for XBoard are saved) in your home directory with a text
editor, and look at the value of the -adapterCommand and -uxiAdapter. The
value for these should be

-adapterCommand {uci2wb "%fcp" "%fd"}
-uxiAdapter {uci2wb -%variant "%fcp" "%fd"}

Only if this would not work there would be a genuine problem.

Note that GNUshogi is so buggy that it plays like total crap, and can
randomly decide to overlook even mate in 1. There are a number of engines
that are able to play decent Shogi on XBoard without adapter, though; in
order of increasing strength these are Sjaak II, CrazyWa, Shokidoki and
Bonanza (the XBoard version in my on-line repository
http://hgm.nubati.net/cgi-bin/gitweb.cgi ). I am not sure the latter would
be weaker than GPS Shogi.

Op Di, 9 juli, 2019 5:09 pm schreef Sam Daille:
> Hello.
> I'm on Ubuntu Xenial and I installed Xboard to play chess and shogi, but
> :
> * Gpsshogi don't work (it never plays) when I open Xboard with it
> (-variant
> shogi -fcp gpsshogi)
> * Stockfish don't work when I open xboard with it (-fcp stockfish), it
> don't want to play and exit when I try to force it to move now, but this
> bug is well-known : http://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?56024
> I tried to limit the reflexion time and to change the size of the board,
> but no way.
> Do you have some ideas to suggest to me ? I'm ready to try anything
> (because Gnushogi on Xshogi is really to weak for me...)
> Thanks a lot.
> Sam
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