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  • David Lewis

    David Lewis - 2017-02-10

    Hello, I installed scid on Ubuntu 16.04 through the repo (sudo apt-get install scid). I want to use opening books, when I go to Windows->Book Window I get: "No books found. Check books directory". Where is the books directory? I downloaded books online but have no clue where to put them, any help is much appreciated. Thanks.

  • David Lewis

    David Lewis - 2017-02-10

    Nevermind, I found them: /usr/share/scid/books

  • David Lewis

    David Lewis - 2017-02-10

    One more question, I want to see openinv move names, so I right click->show game info, and it shows the screen that used to show me the opening move names. Now it shows me the move, such as c4, but where it should say English for example it just says ???.

    I am guessing I am missing some data file. Where do I get that data file to load into scid? Thanks.

  • Roy Brunjes

    Roy Brunjes - 2017-08-06

    Not all UCI engine parameters are shown when you bring up the window to configure UCI engines. An easy example to demonstrate this is to use McBrain 2.6. I run on Linux Mint 18.1. McBrain 2.6 can be downloaded (free) from this URL if you want to try it out:

    There should be a UCI_limit_strength checkbox option, an UCI_Limit box where you can change the vaue from 1500 to 2800 ELO, UCI_Chess960 checkbox, and maybe one or two others as well. I know this is broken because the same engine displays more options when run under Arena 3.5.1 (via Wine).

    There have been other engines as well in the past that just didn't display all of their options when run under SCID, so I know this is not a McBrain 2.6 issue.

    I looked through the mailing list and did not see any posts that call out this problem, hence my post here.

    Thanks for your consideration of this issue.


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