I have wrote some code for the photo aliases support. Originally the main purpose of the aliases was correct handling of the FICS GM names. My solution is very simple. First scid loads all SPF (SPI) files and then search for the SPA (Scid Photo Aliases) files. SPA file contains the following lines (for example)
addPhotoAlias "GMTopalov" "Topalov, Veselin"
If scid has photo data for "Topalov, Veselin" then scid assisiate the same data with "GMTopalov" player, otherwise scid simply ignores the line.
SPA files should be placed in the same directories as SPF (SPI) files.
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