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A dat creator and update checker.

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rhdndat: romhacking.net_ dat creator and update checker


**rhdndat** finds triples ``(rom file, softpatch file, version file)`` on the same directory and creates a clrmamepro entry on stdout or file for the result of each softpatch. It can also serve as a notifier that a update is required by comparing local versions to remote versions.

| A softpatch filename is:
| ``rom filename - rom extension + patch extension`` or
| ``rom filename - rom extension + .reset.xdelta``

This last is a special case to recognize hardpatched roms with revert patches.

If there is no patch file, but a version file exists, and the extension matches, the file will be assumed to be hardpatched, which can be avoided by passing ``-i``.

version file is simply named ``version`` and has a version number line followed by a url line, repeated. These correspond to each hack or translation on the softpatch.

Requires flips (if trying to work with ips, bps) and xdelta3 (if trying to work with xdelta) on path or the same directory.


**rhdndat** [-h] [-o **output-file**] [-o **merge-file**] [-d **xml-file**] [-i] [-t] **search-path** **rom-type**

positional arguments:
-search-path directory tree to search for (rom, patches and version) files

if there is no (rom, romfilename patch) pair but a patch of
the form 'romfilename.reset.xdelta' is found, rom is treated
as a hardpatched rom, -d will search for the checksum of the
original rom and the output will be the checksums of 'rom'

if (rom, version) pair exists, but no patch, rom is treated
as hardpatched and printed unless -i is given

-rom-type extension (without dot) of roms to find patches for

optional arguments:
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-o output-file ouput file, if ommited writes to stdout
-m merge-file merge non-overriden entries from this source file
to override a entry, a new entry must list the same
romhacking urls as the older entry

-d xml-file forces to pick up the translations game names from the rom
checksum in this file, if checksum not in xml, the program
picks names from hack page

-i don't allow unrecognized roms to be added even if the patches
have a page, prevents (rom,version) without
patch from being added as hardpatches

-t only test version numbers against remote version,
ignore -o, -d or -i, works without a patch present

Memory Requirements

This tool uses named FIFO files to calculate checksums when it has to patch, so not much memory is consumed. However, for patches of large roms like isos, you should make sure you're using xdelta instead of bps, because flips tries to read the whole file into memory to create or apply a patch.


rhdndat requires python 3.5 or later.

`The source for this project is available here

The project can be installed on recent linux machines with pip3 by installing rhdndat from [PyPI]_ or installing latest master from [github]_ but you'll have to provide your own flips and xdelta executables in path (or current dir) for the ips, bps and xdelta support. That depends on your distribution but you can get and build them on the sites at the end of the document.

.. [PyPI] ``pip3 install --user rhdndat``
.. [github] ``pip3 install --user``
(rhdndat may fail to execute if your OS doesn't add the pip3 install dir ``~/.local/bin`` - in linux - to the path)


.. class:: tablacreditos

| Alcaro for helpful comments and for flips | |
| xdelta for being fast and useful | |
| for being a awesome resource | |

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