PS3 multiMAN Cover Pack v7.30

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    thanks
     
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    If anyone finds any missing covers, post them here or the content ID, and I will add them to the package. I guess it wont have any new games from the last year anyway, like sports games.

    I guess i could make this a resource here too. Not sure.
     
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    here are some missing covers
     

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    Thanks, Once there are a few more missing ones posted, somewhere between 20 and 50 approx, will see how it goes. I will update the package. For now new ones can be added manually easily enough.
     
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    It would be nice if you could split it in 2-3 packages, and upload them to mirrored.to reduce bandwidth usage of your site, as a backup in case you forget to pay the bill :-p and for easier additions.

    For instance you could split it by type: Retro and PS3 covers.
     
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    Maybe this url could help, if you want to download only missing ones:
    https://github.com/libretro-thumbnails/libretro-thumbnails?files=1

    It has PS1, PS2, PSP and PS3 / PS3(PSN) covers.
    They are from libretro.

    There are also the same packs by the same systems (generated by the github repo)
    http://thumbnailpacks.libretro.com/

    Sent from my Redmi Note 5 using Tapatalk
     
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    I could split them alright. I see all the PS1 and PS2 covers are in the /covers_retro/psx folder , is that correct or is there a better way?

    I might just do small update packages, and only update the main package when there are loads.
    I have paid for 3 years on my server now, but who knows after that :)

    Thanks , but they have different naming so I wont bother mixing them, will stick to ones named to match the content ID.
     
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    $$$OMG$$$$ ok.... yes, the ps2/psx covers are in the same folder /covers_retro/psx
    As the game ids look the same, probably deank didn't want to expend time classifying them.

    The idea of small updates is good... I used to do it some time ago ;) I had 4 base packages (USA, EUR, JP+ASIA and RETRO) plus a versioned update. But that was due size restriction in brewology :-p
     
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    I been always a believer of classifying the covers under ASIA, EURO, USA, and optionally WORLDWIDE (or OTHERS)
    But this needs to be made for every game platform too (PS3, PS2, PS1, PSP)
    So basically... we need 4 * 4 = around 16 folders for covers :)
    I know, looks like a lot of folders, but is the best way to order them, and most people are not going to use some of them (as example, i only have euro games)

    I would like to have a shared path for them in dev_hdd0 and all backup managers able to load them from the shared folder
    This way we dont need to store them inside the installation path of each backup manager preventing them to be duplicated
    Also preventing them of being deleted by mistake when you uninstall the backup manager

    This is one of the things i was planning to suggest to @Zar for the next managunz version ;)
    There is an option in the actual managunz v1.35 that allows to use a custom folder name to store game backups... i would like another option like that to scan covers from dev_hdd0/COVERS ;)

    Lot of time ago i mentioned this idea to estwald but he did not undertood me completly, he thought i was suggesting a specific path from multiman, but multiman never had this feature until time later where it allowed to use custom paths for the covers (by modifying the settings file manually as far i remember)
    Anyway, what estwald did is to configure a path to load the game covers from dev_hdd0/GAMEZ/covers (or dev_hdd0/GAMES/covers)
    This path is still supported in irisman and other iris forks like monster manager (not on managunz though)
    As you can see the problem of that path dev_hdd0/GAMEZ/covers is that is not flexible enought, because the folder "GAMEZ/GAMES" is intended to store PS3 games in JB format
    By having a folder named "covers" under "GAMEZ/GAMES" it looks like the covers are only for PS3 JB format

    So... can we review this idea and discuss which is the best path to use for shared covers ? (availables for all homebrews)
    @aldostools and @Zar are still active, if you find an agreement and implement the new paths in irisman, webman and managunz it will become standard :)
     
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    webMAN uses the following paths for covers:

    1. same path of the ISO: file name + .jpg or .png or ICON0.PNG for JB folders

    2. covers repositories
    /dev_hdd0/game/BLES80608/USRDIR/covers <= multiMAN
    /dev_hdd0/game/NPEA00374/USRDIR/covers <= multiMAN stealth
    /dev_hdd0/tmp/game_repo/main/covers <= multiMAN stealth
    /dev_hdd0/GAMES/covers <= IRISMAN
    /dev_hdd0/GAMEZ/covers <= Iris Manager / IRISMAN
    /dev_hdd0/tmp/wmtmp <= webMAN / prepNTFS

    3. and in a custom path defined in LANG_xx.TXT
    (the default value is an url to search the covers in DeViL303's online server, but can be changed to any other url or local path)

    4. For PSXISO / PS2ISO the covers are searched here:
    /dev_hdd0/game/BLES80608/USRDIR/covers_retro/psx/ <= multiMAN
    /dev_hdd0/game/NPEA00374/USRDIR/covers_retro/psx/ <= multiMAN stealth
    /dev_hdd0/tmp/game_repo/main/covers_retro/psx/ <= multiMAN stealth

    5. For PSPISO it uses same path of the ISO: file name + .jpg or .png or ICON0.PNG

    You're asking to include another path for covers repositories with a more complex structure (sub-folders by region + console type).
    Isn't it already too complex to make it even more complex?

    IMO the default path is multiMAN covers folder. It works with IRISMAN + multiMAN + webMAN + sMAN + wMM.
     
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    Im asking to remove the dependencies, using multiman path as the standard makes mandatory to have multiman installed... and this is complety against the concept i was suggesting, lol
     
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    LOL it's absolutely not necessary to have multiman installed... the covers files can be installed in that path even if multiMAN is completely uninstalled.

    The multiMAN path has the advantage that various backup managers already support that path and don't require to be updated.

    Also they can be removed easily through Game Data interface, although with the XMB File Manager it's possible to delete files/folders from any path and with lmn7's make_package_custom the limitation of install to /dev_hdd0/game is not longer an issue either.
     
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    I dont get it, you mean to store the covers in /dev_hdd0/game/BLES80608/USRDIR/covers but not having multiman installed ? (so using a cover pack installed as gamedata ?)
    I guess it could create some incompatibilities if at some point you want to uninstall multiman but not the covers, also if the cover pack has been installed as gamedata category GD then you try to install multiman on top as HG not sure what would happen

    Anyway, even if it works is a bit twisted in my oppinion, i think is better to have the covers separatedly from all backup managers
     
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    This is the way the cover pack has always worked. I never really install multiman.

    lol, if i was you , i would tell everyone to piss off, and just pick one path, and say "use this or your covers wont work, simple as that" :D
     
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    There are so many things like this that need to be standardized really. We could do it too.

    For example, if the 5 main backup manager devs just got together, and said right, dev_hdd0/covers/ is new default place. Problem solved IMO. There will be a slight learning curve but so what. :) Everything can get simpler then going forward, so everyone wins in the long run.
     
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    What @Berion is doing with THIS is the right idea. Standard location for CFW icons, so ALL packages can share them, this makes ALL packages smaller. It also means whole XMB, all mods and apps can be skinned in one place, so users can make theme packs easily. I will be using this for all my mods going forward.

    Other ideas for standardization include, standard extra queries in all category xmls for mods/addons, so XMB mods are compatible across all CFW. This has worked really well on HAN. This allows mods to stick after a FW reinstall. Loads of these things are simple to do... yet even getting CFW creators to add one query for XMBPD was impossible... :(
     
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    Since HEN was released we have now next user wave, which means next wave peoples who are interested in scene. Maybe it is the last chance to turn the tides. ^^
     
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