#16 Running games from zip archives

Justin Kerk

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.


  • 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

  • Guillaume Serre

    Guillaume Serre - 2003-05-07

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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)


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