[Scummvm-devel] Demo hosting

Robert Megone silver_coast at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 27 03:46:53 CEST 2009

I began uploading more demos this evening, and Kirben is also uploading his collection.
The archive chosen was *.zip, because of how widespread it was.

and the naming system follows this convention game-platform-(ni-)demo-language.zip

The ni- section stands for non interactive.

If anybody has any demos to submit then you can either email them, upload them for me to download or pass them to kirben.
It would help if you could name them in the correct format, one folder deep e.g demo name.zip->demo name->game files
and compress them to *.ZIP at the highest compression level available to you, as this will help users who still have sucky internet connections :p

I am still open to any suggestions though.
perhaps we could populate the downloads page automatically with a list of files held on the server?

Robert Megone(sanguinehearts)

From: silver_coast at hotmail.com
To: scummvm-devel at lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: Demo hosting
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 21:03:43 +0000

It came to my attention today that we do not have a unified place where all the available demos are hosted.
After a quick discussion with jvprat, I bought myself an unlimited hosting package and propose that part of it 
gets used for hosting ScummVM demos, or whatever else is needed.

I have unlimited storage and transfer, and have uploaded some GOB demos as a proof of concept


perhaps we could pre-pend scummvm.org with 'demos' and point to this location, or find a maintainer for the demos page
and simply link to my page. 

If you think that this is a good idea then please help by suggesting naming conventions and archive formats etc...
During discussion with jvprat it was decided that the current naming convention is probably too complicated(long)

something like the gameID would be better, and something to distinguish between interactive and non-interactive demos.
e.g urban-noninteractive.zip , urban-interactive.zip

Archive formats are another important factor.  We have to consider both compression levels and availability of decompressors on various platforms.

While I have currently used *.RAR its not a particularly good format, *.7z is a good format but probably not widespread enough.
any thoughts on *.ZIP? since it is both widely available and pretty standard.

This will only work with input from you all, so please tell me what you think :)

Robert Megone (sanguinehearts)

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