scraper-hfsdb-en

Scraper on HFS-DB

Since version 1.9.0.3 beta 11 you can only scrape the missing media (artworks) by checking Without Artwork only in the Scrape Options tab. Only the missing media (artworks), checked in the Images options tab will be recovered.
In the scrape engines, only these missing media (artworks) will be presented and selectable.
See : Only scrape missing Artworks

Since version 1.8.9.5 beta 12 , it is now possible to scrape on the site HFS-DB. Thanks to them for allowing ARRM to use their API.

It is advisable to use the HFS-DB scrape manually (Auto Validation not checked), because the searches on the name of the games are exhaustive. For example if you search for the game name “1942”, the API will return all games containing 1942.

It is however possible to use it automatically (Auto Validation checked) with the risks of erroneous results mentioned above.

I recommend using HFS-DB to supplement media not found on other scrape sites. Indeed during a scrape in manual mode (Auto Validation not checked), the HFS-DB module presents the media found on HFS-DB, then you just have to check the media you want to recover. Unchecked media will be replaced by media already existing in ARRM.

If you checked Without Artwork only in the Scrape Options tab, only media you don't already own will be displayed.
Available media with this scrape are :

1 boxart 2D ou 3D
1 wheel (logo)
1 fanart
1 screenshot
1 titleshot
1 boxback
1 cartridge
1 round wheel
1 marquee
1 video
1 manual
The image relating to the Round Wheel is saved in the wheels directory with the suffix -wheelround
The Round wheel will be created in the Wheels directory with the suffix - wheelround .
Extra1 (marquee) will be assigned to EXTRA1 if MARQUEE has been assigned to EXTRA1 in the module Media Assignment Screenscraper

Before starting, here are the settings to be made in ARRM by the HFS-DB module.


Settings relating to HFS-DB

In the tab Batocera/Screenscraper/TGBD

  • Search limit Others indicates the maximum number of games to list when searching on HFS-DB / Steam-DB / GOG
  • Auto validation Others On HFS-DB / Steam-DB / GOG, when only one game is found in the API, the game selection is done automatically without displaying the choice window. Please note that the validated game may not be the one you are looking for (game title close to the one you are looking for, etc.). If more than one game is found, the game selection window will appear.
  • Ignore when # games> 1 : In the Auto Validate mode, if more than one game is found, the game selection window will not appear if the option Ignore when # games> 1 . The game will be ignored and not scrapped.
  • Ignore platform on LaunchBox/TGDB/HFS (checkbox) : Allows not to filter on the platform when searching for a game



In the Scrape Options tab

You can check Force MD5 before scraping which allows a more precise search when the MD5 is present in the HFSDB database



In the Images Options tab

As for the Scrape on Screenscraper, choose the desired media options.

Special feature for HFS-DB:

  • 3D Box (HFS-DB) If checked, ARRM will attempt to retrieve 3D boxarts (if existing) from HFS-DB, if not checked, ARRM will attempt to retrieve 2D boxarts.



In the General options tab

  • Assignment of 'Screenscraper' media + Media order , allows you to prioritize the search for textual information (only) for the following data:
  • Game name (available languages: EN, DE, FR, IT, ES, JP, PT)
  • Description of the game (available languages: EN, DE, FR, IT, ES, JP, PT)
  • Year (PAL, US, JPN, WORLD) ARRM assigns PAL, US, JPN, WORLD regions according to languages ​​/ continents.



In the scrapers module

By clicking on the icon to the right of the button, you can change the association between your systems (directory names of your systems) and the site systems IDs HFS-DB, which is done via the file:

%appdata%\Nexouille Soft\arrm\database\systemes_hfsdb.txt

Sample content:

...
astrocade|75808
atari2600|84224
atari5200|84223
atari7800|84225
atari800|89769
atari_2600_supercharger|84224
atarijaguar|84220
atarijaguarcd|84220
...

You can adapt it. Consider relaunching ARRM after change. You will find all the systems and HFS-DB IDs in the file:

%appdata%\Nexouille Soft\arrm\database\systemes_hfs_original.txt

Use it to configure / customize your systemes_hfsdb.txt file


Window for selecting the game found on HFS-DB

When you have selected one or more games and clicked on the button, if any games have been found the following window HFS-DB Browser will appear.

If Auto validation Others has been checked, when only one game is found in the API, the game selection is done automatically and this window will not appear.

When you select a line containing a result, the media found on HFS-DB is displayed on the right. The checkboxes of the media found are automatically checked (video and manual also). You can uncheck the media and textual informations that you do not want to recover.

  • Games Info Used to display the game page on the site HFS-DB
Since version 1.9.0.0 beta 10, it is possible to modify the textual information before validation
Available media with this scrape are :

1 boxart 2D ou 3D
1 wheel (logo)
1 fanart
1 screenshot
1 titleshot
1 boxback
1 cartridge
1 round wheel
1 marquee
1 video
The image relating to the Round Wheel is saved in the wheels directory with the suffix - wheelround
The Round wheel will be created in the Wheels directory with the suffix - wheelround .
Extra1 (marquee) will be assigned to EXTRA1 if MARQUEE has been assigned to EXTRA1 in the module Media Assignment Screenscraper

By clicking on the button Choose this game , the checked media as well as the textual information will be recovered. If any media has not been checked, ARRM will use the already existing media.

Scrapes not found are listed in log files located in %appdata%\Nexouille Soft\Arrm\temp, in the format:


_missing_arrm_%SYSTEM%_hfsdb.txt

example: _missing_arrm_ZXSPECTRUM_hfsdb.txt


TIPS



List of MD5 not found

When searching via MD5, if the game is not found, the game as well as the MD5 of the game is added in the file %appdata%\Nexouille Soft\arrm\temp\_missing_HFSDB_MD5_%system%.txt where %system% corresponds to the processed system.

GameID, in this file, has been added in ARRM 1.9.1.3 Beta 1

The content of this file looks like this for the Atari5200:

file: _missing_HFSDB_MD5_atari5200.txt

*****************************************************
Start : 11:17  2022-03-26
*****************************************************

FileName;MD5;System;GameID
BerZerk (USA).zip;622176a2484ccd380f73bb8daad4c85e;84223;183521
Blue Print (USA).zip;b3af84c067fa60077f453e529f8ff2c7;84223;183522
Bounty Bob Strikes Back! (USA).zip;00ba6bbb52fe96a892cd9f833863e316;84223;183524
*****************************************************
Start : 18:29  2022-03-29
*****************************************************

FileName;MD5;System;GameID
Activision Decathlon, The (USA).zip;6f1cc3d59b3e5582c496d45933c304b5;84223;183514
Astro Chase (USA).zip;772e6a48b8e04aea525007aabfcba30c;84223;183516
Ballblazer (USA).zip;0d26c49244bbb51bd1c8ed56390165f8;84223;183518
Beamrider (USA).zip;f9a585fab3918e7eca3bdbd802ff38b7;84223;183519
BerZerk (USA).zip;622176a2484ccd380f73bb8daad4c85e;84223;183521
Blue Print (USA).zip;b3af84c067fa60077f453e529f8ff2c7;84223;183522
Bounty Bob Strikes Back! (USA).zip;00ba6bbb52fe96a892cd9f833863e316;84223;183524

This can be useful for HFSDB admins to populate their database with non-existing MD5s.


Do not retrieve textual information

If you do not wish to retrieve textual information, simply check No text in the Scrape Options tab



Only retrieve certain textual information

If you only want to retrieve certain textual information, remember, before launching the scrape, to uncheck the textual information that you do not wish to update.

This is done in the part Rom Information



Recover some media in MIX image mode

When you use MIX image mode, some media are automatically recovered:

  • Screenshot
  • Boxart
  • Wheel
  • Cartridge

If you wish to recover other media, you must specify it in the Images Options tab by checking the desired media under the heading Force Media Download
In MIX mode you will not be able to check the Screenshot, Boxart, Wheel and Cartouche media because they are retrieved automatically.



Recover some media in ** No image mode, only texts **

You only want to recover certain categories of media (boxart, fanart, screenshot, cartridge, logo, boxback, titleshot, manuel, video), you just have to check No image, only texts in the Images Options tab

Then select the desired media by checking them under the heading Force Media Download

In MIX mode you will not be able to check the Screenshot, Boxart, Wheel and Cartouche media because they are retrieved automatically.

scraper-hfsdb-en.txt · Dernière modification : 2022/08/03 21:09 de nexusone13