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Utility to clean .m files Wed, 13 November 2019 22:13 Go to previous message
ricks03 is currently offline ricks03

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While trying to find information on the forum on something else, I stumbled across a thread about information in .M files that's actually other player information.

With some help from Ron and more from Raptor (and at least a nod to Xyligun, who created a similar tool years ago), I'm adding a .M file sanitizer to my tool suite:
starstat.pl - basic Stars! file information
starsPWD.pl - the ability to remove passwords from a .M, .X, or .HST files.
starsClean.pl - remove information from .m files that you shouldn't have.
TotalHost - a Stars! web-hosting program.

I've also uncovered a few bits more (literally) of the file structure of Stars! files, which I've added to raptor's github site at https://github.com/stars-4x

Once I get starsClean, well, cleaned up, I will incorporate StarsClean into my hosting program, so that games have the option to remove that information from player files.

The information about decryption and block structure is all out there and available. I also intend to release StarsClean as a standalone utility to raptor's Github site (and my own) so that other hosts can include sanitizing .M files in their turn generation process.




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