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"message pane" scraper Fri, 26 July 2013 13:12 Go to previous message
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Several peoples asked me by mail is it possible to dump messages from m file.
Instead of answer to each of you let me just start a new topic here on forum.

First of all there are 3 "types" of messages in Stars:
1. server messages, which are part of the m file (like fleet X has been dismantled for XkT of minerals at the starbase orbiting Planet Y.)
2. client messages (like, you just found planet X) - these are not stored in m file, but generated by client based on data from m and h files.
3. in-game messages between players.

1 - can be extracted easily.
2 - needs to be generated based on comparision of data from m & h files
3 - can be extracted, but there are some minor issues related to non-english letters (like russian or german).

Second question is the form, in which you would like to have these messages?
Messages in Stars!.exe are stored like this "\\F has been dismantled for \\vkT of minerals at the starbase orbiting \\p."
m file just contain a message id and message args, which can be planet id, design id, fleet id or number of pop/minerals etc.
All of this can exported to csv, xml, txt, but which one would you like, depends of how are you going to use it.
Any hints on this?

Also there are several options regarding security and password:
1. it can be used by player itself in that case tool can be public, but it should verify password
2. it can be used by SAH only and in that case it will ignore password protection, since SAH cannot know players passwords

Comment, suggestions are welcome! Smile



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