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Re: [XBoard-devel] WB installer, detailed proposal

From: h.g. muller
Subject: Re: [XBoard-devel] WB installer, detailed proposal
Date: Mon, 08 Jun 2009 13:25:10 +0200

One remark on the start-menu items the installer should make for starting up WinBoard in various modes:

I don't know how this was done in the previous installl, but I suppose a start-menu item is basically a short-cut that defines a command line, and that WB was controlled through opton arguments on this line. I want to propose to use indirection files for this in the 4.4.0 install, like defining a command line

c:\chess\winboard\winboard.exe @fics.ini

for connecting to FICS, where a fics.ini file in the WinBoard directory would then contain something like


This would allow quite elaborate tailoring of the WinBoardsettings to optimize it for the seleted purpose, without running into any length limit of an actual command line. The small .ini files would also provide nice 'building blocks' for people to customize their own settings. E.g. they could make several 'themes' for WinBoard, defining bitmaps for the board texture in combination with Chess fonts and colors for the piece rendering, and put these in .ini files. They could then combine those orthogonally with ini files for
defining the function. E.g.

winboard @pgnViewer @Wood
winboard @FICS @Marble
winboard -zp @ICC @Glaurung @Wood

Where the file Glaurung could contain


and Wood could contain something like:

/renderPiecesWithFont="Chess Mark"

Note that it is possible to type WinBoard command-line arguments in the start-up dialog, either in the field at the bottom, or simply behind a selected engine or ICS. So running a bot in zippy mode could be done by selecting the ICS from the pre-defined list in the start-up dialog, and then as extra arguments type "-zp @engine.ini", where all settings needed for the engine would be pre-defined
in an engine.ini file for it, like the Glaurung file above.

This pervents combinatorial explosion of the number of short-cuts you would need if you play many
different engines on several ICS, and also like to switch theme now and then.

We should prepare some of these .ini files for themes and engines in the install, for people to use
them as an example.


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