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#16 Running games from zip archives

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2012-09-07
2003-03-03
Justin Kerk
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It would be neat if DosBox could run games inside of
zip archives. This would allow easier organization of
games because each would fit in a single file, similar
to the way emulators like MAME work.

There would be problems with writing to the disk -
DosBox would have to either disallow this for zipped
games or implement some sort of a buffer that held
changed files to be re-zipped on exit.

Discussion

  • Peter Veenstra
    Peter Veenstra
    2003-03-20

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    Well the current idea is to mount a second filesystem which
    will hold the changes for each archive

    like mount d e:\kee4.zip -changes c:\keen4.changes

    I would advice to install games this way :) but running
    them should be no problem
    It will require a lot of programming so it won't be finished
    soon:)

     
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    We could also just create a directory named like the zip
    archive but without the .zip extension. I think it would be
    better if the zip archive contents never change and contain
    only the game with no save games and default settings.
    When looking for a file in this directory, we could look
    first in the directory if it exists and then in the zip file
    (works a bit like an override folder).

     
  • takysoft
    takysoft
    2007-11-06

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    Read-only support should be easy to implement. Read-write might be harder to optimize.
    What I'd need is the option to mount ISO images(iso, bin+cue, img, mds, other stuff:D)